How to use water in a barbados bar, says mayor
Barbados city council is mulling a proposal to ban people from bringing bottled water and other bottled products into bars in order to reduce pollution.
The move comes as authorities in the Caribbean city prepare for a record-breaking rainfall that will likely leave a toxic legacy.
The city has set up a hotline for people to report bottled water, coffee, juice, fruit juice and juice drinks.
The number, 1-866-222-8266, will only be answered by trained volunteers.
The proposal was first reported by CNN.
Barbadians can buy bottled water at local grocery stores and restaurants.
The new rules will go into effect on Friday.
The mayor said residents will be able to purchase water from the municipal water supply, which has been turned off since January after the country’s rainy season began.
He said the city has taken measures to reduce the number of people bringing in bottled water.
But he added that he didn’t know if the city will be open to letting people bring in more water.
“If people bring a few bottles, we’ll be fine,” Mayor Ricardo Martins told CNN.
He also said the government has sent an additional 10,000 gallons of water to the island.
The plan comes after the city of Boca Chica said it was preparing to introduce new restrictions for residents to buy bottled drinking water.
The town also plans to raise the cost of drinking water by as much as $1 a litre for families and businesses, and to reduce fees to drink the tap water by 20%.