Major stink

Businessman says raw sewage still impacting south coast

Raw sewage continues to flow on the roads of the south coast, and with just 14 days to go before the start of the 2016 winter tourist season, one businessman is appealing to the authorities to fix the problem once and for all.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY, the businessman, who requested anonymity, said the problem appeared to have gone away after the Barbados Water Authority intervened recently.

However, he said raw sewage began flowing onto the road again “with a vengeance” about two weeks later.

Businesses on the south coast are crying out for relief from the problems posed by raw sewage.
Businesses on the south coast are crying out for relief from the problems posed by raw sewage.

“It went away for about two weeks, now it’s back with a vengeance. The manhole that was meant to be fixed, after two weeks [it] has started to back up again. So now we have sewage leaking into the streets.

“You can’t walk from the new Esso service station in Worthing to Big B. If you walk up there and someone splashes you, go and get Dettol [or] Savlon [antiseptics] and bathe in it, because you were just splattered in [faeces],” he said.

He said the long-running problem is now impacting businesses further along the south coast, with a popular restaurant the latest to feel the impact.

The businessman said he had reached out to outgoing Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Sue Springer, asking her to try to have the problem addressed as a matter of urgency.

“Tourism is meant to be our business but we really aren’t treating it that way, especially not now on the south coast.  I have spoken to Sue Springer and she is calling the PS [Permanent Secretary] in tourism and someone in the Ministry of Health to try and figure out what is going on,” he added.

The businessman contended that the awful stench and sight of faeces was posing a threat to the businesses in the area, which is popular with tourist.

“The apartments that I am associated with is fully booked until April next year. It is located right below by the way of the flow of the current, where all of this crap going on. So whenever my tourist come out on the beach, they’re looking out and seeing water that is murky water, which is sewage coming out. That is not what they are paying hundreds of US dollars a night to come and enjoy,” he said.

“A friend of mine has a fishing boat and said that he was about a mile off [a south coast] hotel and out there smells like sewage. So it means we are pumping the sewage into the open ocean, which isn’t meant to be happening. All we are doing now is dumping. We are creating a serious environmental problem,” he stressed.

Efforts to reach the BWA tonight for comment were unsuccessful.

However, the water agency had stated in a release on November 15 that after repairs to an effluent pump were carried out the previous Tuesday, another pump had failed three days later, on Friday November 11, but was repaired by the following night.

“However, even though all the effluent pumps have been running continuously since Saturday [November 12], the sewage flows in the collection system continue to be high resulting in sewage overflows in the areas between St Lawrence Gap and Hastings, Christ Church.

“In addition, the water levels in Graeme Hall Swamp continue to be elevated due to the recent rainfall, resulting in some overflows in neighbouring districts and some infiltration into the sewer collection system,” the BWA said at the time.

It said then it had been undertaking a number of measures to reduce the overflow of sewage from the manholes.

21 Responses to Major stink

  1. Alex Alleyne December 2, 2016 at 3:33 am

    BWA collecting monies for no water coming through peoples’ taps ans now can’t fix a sewer line. They will tell us “no money in the kitty”.

  2. Loretta Griffith December 2, 2016 at 3:47 am

    The ministry personnel and minister responsible for this, should be hanging their heads in shame. It’s a national disgrace. Does not speak well of management.
    Too many mishaps. I hope there is no sabotage! If there is sabotage, who are we hurting? ALL OF US. Remember when the damage has been done no amount of window dressing can repair it.
    In my opinion, Bds$7million well spent. Thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations.

  3. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite December 2, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Wth!!!! Thank god I don’t have to pass there but for those who do,this is bad. This is serious and it needs urgent addressing.

  4. Concerned Bajan December 2, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Dear Barbados Today, Can you please investigate why no-one has been prosecuted under the Coastal Zone Management Act 1998.

    Taken from the Coastal Zone Management Act 1998
    29. Any person who fouls any part of the beach or foreshore by the deposit of offal, garbage or other waste, or in any other manner whatsoever, is guilty of an offence.

  5. Marsha Layne
    Marsha Layne December 2, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Wait….the water is brown….the sea is brown….there is brown in the sea water….

    Ok, I know it sounds like Jack and Jill practice…..

    But but….

    The sea is brown…….OMG!!!

    Guess this was not Prince Harry’s designated beach…

  6. jrsmith December 2, 2016 at 6:33 am

    My take ,were we ready for the 51st year of (Independency ) (Dependency) what a way to go, no water or brown water from the taps if any ,sewage onto our streets but this is barbados we are expecting too much from people who just have no idea of managing (Barbados LTD)..
    @, Loretta , G hail, hail on the button , dont forget 15 years ago a sewage plant was built and still today it hasn’t work properly and one of the government ministers in this present bunch claims he is an engineer…

  7. Tony Webster December 2, 2016 at 6:53 am

    A “low” person, totally irrelevant, who is responsible for the functioning of solid-waste and our our sewage-treatment plants, must be chomping at the bit: if only he might somehow come by a clone of the nice lady at B.W.A., who offers all the excuses in heaven for their short-comings, and takes the brunt of the wrath of suffering citizens!!! If only the Enviroment Gorilliphant cud get hold of another Joy-Ann Haig…to protect him.

    Well, Sir, in the absence of such a P.R. lady, Sir, is for YOU to get on the media…with the same alacrity and gusto as you do in Parliament…and face the music youself!!

    Time…Sir…and twine…we wait, Sir…OH! How we wait.

  8. Kim Marshall December 2, 2016 at 8:02 am

    This picture says it all. Do you know how sick Barbadians……and people who have paid to come to the island, could become if they bathe in this water?! Bathe in human waste (sh**)?! I wanted to say this as the words raw sewage seem to not be scaring anyone in charge.

    It’s time to resolve this issue and that means spending money and implementing a plan. Stop saying we do not have money because there has been presented evidence under both the DLP and BLP governments that we do. The Auditor General report for the Grotto being the latest example, that show that we seem to have money to give away.

    Why can’t we find money and people to work together to protect the health of Barbadians? This situation has been caused by all the rain that is consistently finding its way into the sewage system. How are we stopping this from happening? This sewage and the diseases it is carrying will not stay on the south coast. Could someone directly involved tell the citizens of Barbados what is the plan forward? Why is it so hard to talk to us?

  9. Snookers December 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Why is it so hard to talk to us?

    Could it be because they are trying to figure out how to break it to us gently that they don’t have a clue how to correct the problem without spending a large some of money over a lengthly period of time, so in the meantime we and our visitors will just have to learn to live with poop flowing on highway 7 every time we have a heavy rainfall?

    The real joke is that we have absolute proof that our politicians can’t even arrange the installation and management of an average run of the mill sewage plant, but they get all indignant with us when we expressed doubts that they could set up and run (without an ensuing catastrophe) a super high tech, bleeding edge, multi million dollar, garbage gassification plant.

  10. Maya Trotz December 2, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Unfortunately also is that many people still swim in the water soon after a storm and there are no notices anywhere saying whether it is safe or not to swim given that stormwater brings all sorts of contaminants from the land, including sewage.

    I wonder how many are getting ill from the sewage in the road and how many will report it – not just the south coast, but throughout the island as I imagine in some areas that were severely flooded, the suck wells and septics overflowed.

    The hotels or more so tourists can start asking for certain certifications which would put pressure on the hotel and therefore the waste management systems to perform properly.

    The mile out from shore that the fisherman is smelling – I wonder if that is from the outfall pipe that is out there and potentially not treating the waste properly, or it’s from the coast.

  11. Rosemary Parkinson December 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    To the point. A similar situation in Tobago with sewage spilling into Crown Point where visitors and locals bathe. Apart from the cases that were hidden, I was privy to a visiting child covered in red rash and boils of puss all over her body, and when I say all over I mean all over. Every single orifice. Visits to the local hospital had her on antibiotics. Two weeks later it was worse – she could not eat and had to be fed liquids through a straw. Finally an independent doctor who asking for annonimity saw her, and got her to the point of being able to travel with a myriad of pharms (steroids included). Finally able to fly back to London, was taken to The Centre for Tropical Diseases by her family with the report from the last doctor who they said saved her life. The problem was not disease, it was infection from raw sewage/faeces. I would suggest that what is going on on the south coast is more than dangerous. If one person contracts what I have just described, our tourism industry will be harmed in one fell-swoop. All it takes is one. Why are not understand this? Why are those health people put there to protect us not doing so immediately? No matter the cost. If the government cannot do it, then BHTA get your hoteliers together on this one. This is dangerous to humans. One man I know in Barbados has already caught an eye infection because a splash hit his face. Must we wait for a real horror story of epic proportions. The sea does not get rid of sewage just so, it is not a cleaning plant. Faeces will float wherever the current goes, and it shows no colour once mixed in with the ocean. Dear Lord! Save us from ignorance.

  12. Rosemary Parkinson December 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Of course the above only applies if indeed raw sewage is being spewed into the sea as has been implied. Some say it is a lie, that it is being said it is sewage because of politricks. So…in order to be safe rather than sorry how about the government, BHTA + a few concerned businesses get together and pay to send a team to test the waters and come up with the truth. The truth I say. This could help to allay fears or to stop people from swimming in affected waters until the system is fixed. Does not take a rocket scientist.

    • John Everatt December 2, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to tell raw sewage (shi** and toilet paper) from something like rain runoff. You seem to be calling for a study to determine the exact composition of this substance when the BWA has already agreed that it is sewage and it is there because their sewage pumps are broken.

  13. Thomas December 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I have reservations at the Blue Orchid hotel for New Years week. Is that the beach where this is happening?

  14. joe bloggs December 2, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    This is barbados supposed to be a top tourist place you have got to be joking no where to go after 6pm everything shut up told not to go out after dark sewage in the streets yes a top tourist place eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    its no wonder tourist are not coming back and dont tell me they are because they are not its voted the 2nd unfriendliest caribbean country are you all proud of that

  15. Jade Jones December 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    This situation is life threatening. Surely it’s possible to fix a sewage leak.. !
    two British tourist contracted a virulent stomach bug last Barbados Both of them are still unwell.. one is currrently in hospital for tests. The other lost a stone in weight and has never fully recovered. There is often rust in the water and snail . bait used on the golf courses is very toxic as it filters through to the water supply. A leading British toxicologist wrote to the Bados government about this lethal snail bait but doubt the situation has been remedied. The whole thing “stinks”

  16. LPB December 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    As someone who has been coming to Barbados for over 40 years and the last 12 staying in Worthing…I can say I am absolutely disgusted by the sewage issue. I can’t believe this issue has not been addressed or at least there aren’t signs on the beach telling people not to swim. We won’t swim because of the look of the water but there are many folks still swimming in the brown. It is a real shame for a country that relies on tourism.

  17. Jackquelynn Jones December 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Barbados is in trouble! They do not want to admit and possibly out, pride cannot admit it. And it sees the powers that be do not care. A courtesy call to the affected areas would certainly do well for morale. You invite foreigners to your home and sell sand and sunshine, but fail to provide adequate basic sanitation. Not just for tourists, but for your own people. No one deserves to be treated in this manner, sewage, feces, toilet paper floating and splashing on people, toilets not adequately flushing..odors so bad people actually vomit. Once illness is connected to this there will be no turning back. QEH cannot adequately handle a medical crises. They can barely handle everyday sutuations. In 2011 BWA was granted a loan of $55 million from International Monetary Bank of which a portion was specifically sited to be used for the South Coast Sewage. That obviously as not taken place. Where’s the beef…or where’s the money? Sewage water is flowing out of private residences, hotels, businesses, including the main supermarket Masseys in Worthing. Come on Barbados, be adults …come clean, get the problem fixed..grow up! Get some experts in before you face a much larger catostrophic problem you really will not be able to handle.

  18. JPJones December 3, 2016 at 9:48 am

    In most countries the Health Department is required by legislation to test waters at public beaches for e.coli bacteria: a direct measure of contamination from raw sewage. These figures must be published and if over a certain level, the beach must be closed! The government is hiding behind their wall of silence in the hope that the international press won’t notice and stop people from booking trips to Barbados. We’ve always heard that the cover-up is worse than the crime. If someone should get seriously ill or die due to this lack of clear information on the danger then we can only conclude this is willful negligence on behalf of the authorities! Shame on those who know better and sit on their hands. Shame!

  19. Wayne Parravicino December 3, 2016 at 11:41 am

    This is a Top Secret strategy by MOT to create “Little Venice” on the south coast, didn’t you know??? Gondolas coming. Just brilliant!!!

  20. Ossie Moore December 6, 2016 at 10:48 am

    My Bajan village friend left Barbados back in 1965 for Wellington New Zealand and has for every year since then sent back greetings on Christmas and posted the Wellington news back in those times. Here in 2016 we have the FB accounts on our cell phones and boys and girls let me tell you! You can’t even break wind before it is transmitted ‘cross the globe so here it is that he and his family want to know if it is real that “jobby” coming up outa de Worthing and Crystal Water Beach areas? He says”if so be it! It must be the end of the world”!


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