No water in Central Eleuthera as COVID-19 numbers spike
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Water and Sewerage Corporation Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson landed himself in hot water and found out who the real boss is after Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis ordered the arrogant Long Island MP to withdraw a letter terminating WSC’s contract with General Electric Ionics because GE refused to honor a “word of mouth” instruction to produce additional water.
The CEO of GE travelled to The Bahamas for a meeting with Minnis and a representative of the US Embassy to discuss Gibson’s unprofessional behavior.
The PM ordered Gibson to withdraw the letter and formally apologized.
However, WSC sources say Gibson has refused to release the regular payments owed to GE for the production of water to residents of Eleuthera.
Consequently, GE has decided to play hardball and has discontinued the production of water to residents of Central Eleuthera, which has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday, Eleuthera recorded 10 new cases.
This is worrisome for residents as a crucial part of curbing the spread of the virus is the frequent washing of hands as well as washing soiled clothes and cloth masks. However, it is difficult to follow these key safety protocols without adequate water supply.
Disgusted residents of Eleuthera have sought legal counsel and are threatening to file lawsuits against the government.
No water in the community is just one of the concerns Eleuthera residents have.
They claim there is no manager on Eleuthera, WSC’s office in the community is being run by young and inexperienced workers and there is no office manager in Spanish Wells or Rock Sound for customers to pay their bills.