Barbados 4-inch Watermain Bursts, Flows For Five Days With No Repair, No Shut-Off

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UPDATED: BFP Roving Reader Posts Photos Within 40 Minutes Of Breaking Story

Ok, ok… so one of our BFP roving readers had a day off and could scoot over to site of this story, take some photos and have them posted within 40 minutes. It wouldn’t have been possible normally – but its still not bad when Barbados Free Press can post photos to accompany a story that broke only 40 minutes ago.

BFP’s underground network of sources, writers and roving readers continues to grow.

Original story…

Will Somebody Please Wake Up Public Works Minister Gline Clarke And Ask Him “What The H@#$ Is Going On?”

One of our readers reports that a 4-inch watermain burst and has been flowing water for five days with no repair and no shut-off. The “authorities” came around and put a barrel in the hole and erected a “Caution Open Manhole” sign. Then they left and haven’t been seen since. Kellman Road is washing out, and the hole gets bigger by the hour – now about five feet deep. We’ve lost thousands and thousands of gallons of our precious water and nobody in government gives a damn.

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Maybe somebody on Public Works Minister Gline Clarke’s street can walk over, bang on his door and ask him what the H@#$ is going on?

And if the woman who answers the door at his house (shown above) says he’s not there – then check behind her skirt ’cause that’s where Mr. Clarke always hides. (For an explanation of Mr. Clarke’s skirt-hiding ways, see previous BFP article Barbados Government Minister Gline Clare – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land)

Welcome To Barbados – Where No One Is Accountable For Anything

BFP reader Peter comments…

It has been said that Barbados has been withdrawing water faster than we can replenish it. (BFP article here)

There has been a 4 inch burst main gushing thousands of gallons of water underneath Kellman road, just outside Six Men’s for 5 days now. It has eroded a hole in the road about 5 feet deep and probably about 30 cubic feet and growing. The only thing that has been done about it was that MTW placed a barrel in the hole and a ‘Caution open manhole’ sign.

It is as if the Government just does not give a damn and no one is accountable for anything. Does the Barbados Water Authority not have an emergency repair crew? And if not, why not? If I were the PM, I would be firing people over at BWA. St.Peter, I believe, is the PM’s constituency. But then again, The road and water main damage damage is on Kellman road, the main thoroughfare to Dennis Kellman’s business at Half Moon Fort and his constituency office at Pie Corner. So why hurry, right? Disgusting.



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6 responses to “Barbados 4-inch Watermain Bursts, Flows For Five Days With No Repair, No Shut-Off

  1. Jupiter

    BFP & Peter

    Good job Peter and BFP,citizen journalism at work.

  2. BFP

    Thanks Jupiter

    There was a third party involved too. Peter did the original post, and then another BFP reader (who wants to remain nameless for now) grabbed his digital camera and drove over to get the shot.

    Quite the network coming together here, friends.

    With a couple of hundred Barbados Free Press readers online at any given moment of the day, that could open the doors to some very interesting possibilities.

    We’ll all have to think about what we could do with this…

  3. Carson C.Cadogan

    That is not all, there has been a burst main in Deacons Road since Christmas eve, not a soul at the BWA gives a hoot!

  4. akabozik

    Send a photo Carson! BFP will publish it.

    Matter a fact, everybody send photos of busted mains, holes in the roads and all manner of things that are in need of fixin.

    BFP please publish them all!

  5. bp


    Any idea where we can see that FAO report? What I would like to know is how the 113% was arrived at? Do they use the rainfall data collected at the airport for a national average? That’s the only figure the public knows about from the weather reports. We all know that the airport is the driest part of the island and there are other areas that get more than twice as much rainfall.

    Another thing is how did they arrive at the usage figures? Did they use the amount of water pumped by the BWA or did they get the figures from the billing side which would be (according to estimates/heresay/grapevine) about 60% less.

    We have all seen this kind of one-sided reporting before with no comment from the BWA.