A damper on business

Businesses and residents along the South Coast were severely impacted by water outages over the weekend due to the shutdown of the Belle Pumping Station.

Some restaurants had to shut shop, resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars in income, while some guests checked out of hotels seeking to find other properties that were not affected by the outages.

The St Michael station went offline on Friday from 3 p.m. to facilitate repairs to a large-diameter main. This resulted in low water pressure and outages in a number of St Michael and Christ Church communities through Saturday and early yesterday morning, as a crew from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) made several attempts to fix the problem.

The BWA apologised for the inconvenience caused, but for manager of Tapas, Alfredo Giovine, “an apology for the inconvenience” was not good enough after the Hastings restaurant was forced to close its doors.

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