Blame beachgoers

NCC head says too much water wastage at facilities

The National Conservation Commission (NCC) is being hit with a hefty water bill each month because beachgoers are not turning off taps in public bathrooms and shower facilities.

Speaking to the media Friday morning at NCC’s Codrington, St Michael headquarters, General Manager Keith Neblett said there was too much water wastage at facilities which the Commission oversees. Although unable to give an estimate of annual costs, he said the amount was overwhelming.

In an effort to reduce the amount of money it has had to shell out, the NCC introduced systems to control water use at its facilities, including reducing the number of taps. However, Neblett said, the NCC was not getting the public’s full cooperation and people were still leaving taps running.

Keith Neblett
Keith Neblett

“Where we [had] two or three of them at some sites, we reduced it to one. But still we are having that problem. I don’t think sometimes Barbadians are conscious that we are a water scarce country,” he lamented.

“They go to these facilities and they take no heed, in terms of what is happening around the island where some people in other parishes are not getting water. When you go down Brandon’s, Enterprise and Browne’s Beach you will see people running the water continuously.”

One of the other water saving measures utilized by the NCC was retrofitting toilets to use 40 to 50 per cent of water per flush.

“We are also trying to use drip irrigation at some of our sites to reduce the water. So, . . . where there is a high use of water at particular facilities, we are embarking on some of those programmes,” the general manager added.

However, water wastage is not the only problem the NCC is experiencing at its facilities.

Neblett said another challenge was the significant increase in the amount of garbage being dumped in the 18 skips it has placed around the island.

He was quick to add that he preferred people to use the dumpsters provided to get rid of their litter, instead of polluting the environment. However, he complained that, some members of the public were dumping dead animals and household items in the skips.

“Particularly down at Brandon’s [Beach], it is really problematic. If you put a small bag of grass we would make no fuss, but when you get to the point that you want to put a fridge and a stove and that type of thing, that’s problematic. And I think everybody has to take some type of responsibility for the garbage,” Neblett said.

In another case, he said, the skip that had been placed in front of Government Headquarters on Bay Street had to be removed because the pile-up of garbage had become unbearable.

Neblett noted that the NCC was playing its role in reducing the amount of garbage going to the landfill, through composting.

“What we are doing is that we also have a wood shredder that we are using to take some of the trees, shred it, bag it and sell it,” he explained.

10 Responses to Blame beachgoers

  1. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali November 12, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Always somebody else’s fault with never a solution offered

  2. jrsmith November 12, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Fools as management , out there is simple technology, acted like educated people use the technology…

  3. Tony Webster November 12, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Management: a scarce commodity , hereabouts and nowabouts…even for simple issues such as this.

    Mr.Neblett: please tell your technical folks several levels lower than your own, to bestrir themselves. First off, the there 3/4 shower booths at Miamai beach have been gushing water continuously for the last couple decades, as most of the taps heve been irreparably damaged, and someone ( perhaps a NCC plumber, I do not know) just “re-adjusted” the plumbing to deliver a continous water flow….wid NO TAPS at all. Yes, it’s the Miami Beach Waterfall.

    The actual technical solution, is so simple as to make a grown plumber cry – far less a tax-payer!! There is , in fact and deed, a type of tap, commonly in use all over God’s Green Earth for such public use: it has a spring type-plunger valve, with a simple brass button, which wnen depressed allows water to flow for say, 30 seconds, and then automaticall closes the water supply. I have seen these in use, since I was a lad. No, there is NO NEED to use the latest version, wid a computer chip, and a battery which needs replacing every month (NCC will then need a cadre of electricians / battery-change crew)…so just use the OLD spring-valve type taps. Q.E.D.

  4. Alex Alleyne November 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

    There are taps that run for X amount of minutes / seconds and then stop. What about installing them at all beaches.

    • Coralita November 12, 2016 at 10:44 am

      They need to install the water-saving taps.

  5. Coralita November 12, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Somebody always have to manage us or else we cannot do right. Sad indeed!!! Why can’t we care what we have? You can put the best management in place, the best solutions, people are still going to do the same things. Some of us don’t have no pride nor industry so we have to be managed.

    Bajans love to blame governments and everyone else for everything and don’t think they have any responsibility. No wonder so many of them cannot make any headway in life.

  6. Alex Alleyne November 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    @Coralita, “PARTISAN POLITICS IS DESTROYING BARBADOS”. The POLITRICIANS got that wedge driven so deep in between the “Yard fowls” that total destruction is the only way out.

  7. Meakai November 13, 2016 at 1:30 am

    The NCC is well aware of water saving taps. This is just a precursor to someone securing a nice juicy contract with extra gravy included, to source, supply, install and maintain said taps.

    There’s still meat to be found on that calf.

  8. Tony Waterman November 14, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    “The National Conservation Commission (NCC) is being hit with a hefty water bill each month because beachgoers are not turning off taps in public bathrooms and shower facilities.”
    What the hell is wrong with these Negrocrats in Barbados, he is blaming the sea goers for the Water Bill,so why are they Custodians at these facilities, are they just to see on their collective ASSES and do NOTHING, why would they not be the one to check on the Taps and turn them off, or is that asking too much of them ???
    How about replacing these Fittings in these locations with the type that come on only when someone is under them, and go off when there is No activity???

    Lord God please save me from these’s always someone elses fault.

  9. Helicopter(8P) November 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

    One minute flow faucets should be installed at facilities and shower-heads should have five minute flow timers built in.


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