Worthing Beach closed

Government this morning announced the closure of the popular Worthing Beach in Christ Church with immediate effect.

In a brief statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service it said as a result of poor water quality, it was advising the public that the beach would be closed until further notice.

The move comes against the backdrop of reports of raw sewage flowing into the sea.

Businesses which operate on the south coast have also complained of sewage flowing into the streets, with mere days to go before the start of the 2016 winter tourist season.

Earlier this week, in an interview with Barbados TODAY,  one 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.

In its release today, the National Conservation Commission stayed clear of those concerns. However, it apologized for any inconvenience that the closure of Worthing Beach may cause.

61 Responses to Worthing Beach closed

  1. Jeanne Buchanan Anisko
    Jeanne Buchanan Anisko December 3, 2016 at 9:33 am

    This is such a shame. When my family and I visited Barbados it was exceptionally clean. We enjoyed our stay there and would like to come back but not under these conditions. Please your country is very beautiful, take care of this and have pride in your country. Barbados is the gem of the Caribbean.

    • Jason Reasons
      Jason Reasons December 3, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Barbados need to start thinking like a village instead of like a computer stupse

  2. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell December 3, 2016 at 9:49 am

    OMG look at that!!!

  3. Shawn Parris
    Shawn Parris December 3, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Steve Parris see what I was telling you about that water yesterday.it didn’t look right

  4. Kimberly Simmonds Vaughn
    Kimberly Simmonds Vaughn December 3, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Sewage problem, wanna send home the employees now look, just know this is a popular beach where tourism go. I guess the beach don’t belong to we anymore

  5. Ashlee Bedford
    Ashlee Bedford December 3, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Vashti Fleming Clearly Crystal

  6. Santini More
    Santini More December 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Barbados is in so much economic trouble that we can no longer upkeep our basic services and our aging infrastructure is crumbling. Meanwhile Niro fiddles whilst Rome burns!…Happy 50th Independence indeed.

    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones December 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

      My thoughts exactly. The government don’t have a clue what they’re doing. All these ceremonies and lavish dinners and millions spent and the whole ship sinking. The economy is in such a bad state but government isn’t telling the truth about how bad it is and people just don’t seem to care or want to know. It says a lot when the IMF advises the country to adopt the Jamaican economic model.

    • Santini More
      Santini More December 3, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Cecily Jones So true.

    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes December 3, 2016 at 10:58 am

      And all they want to do is put dressing on top of things to look good temporarily.

  7. Kareema Hasan
    Kareema Hasan December 3, 2016 at 10:16 am

    The sewerage is treated at the plant and pumped out to seas, if the diffusers are blocked, where would the sewerage go? up the manhole and spill on the road. So the problem is the diffusers in the sea that needs to be cleaned. But the government dont have money to pay anyone to clean the diffusers in the sea.

    • Jason Reasons
      Jason Reasons December 3, 2016 at 11:44 am


    • Maureen Fields
      Maureen Fields December 3, 2016 at 11:52 am

      So how they found 7 million to party?

    • Lana Walcott
      Lana Walcott December 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm


    • Rosanne Richardson
      Rosanne Richardson December 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Maureen Fields because Bajans can find money anytime to fete – even if they can’t pay the bills!

    • Kareema Hasan
      Kareema Hasan December 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      I really dont know where they got that money, but the government seems to have their priorities messed up. The whole Barbados in a mess, It is sad hopeless feeling

  8. Michael Pinto
    Michael Pinto December 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Not good!

  9. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams December 3, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Which part dah jack……from BWA (Big Wicked As……) ? He said on de radio de brown water was from graeme hall water and leaves mixing together and gine in de sea. Insulting de intelligence of we bajans. Bigman, stop lying pun live radio.

    • Danny Colombian Clarke
      Danny Colombian Clarke December 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Said the same thing . Must really think we bajans stuiped and dont know the difference between a leaf n piece of s**t .

    • Bobby Gilkes
      Bobby Gilkes December 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Dont know why them dont get rid of he and send he back to African or when the F he come from

    • Renata December 3, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      The photo they used shiws water draining from the swamp. Because it is red BUT clear (not cloudy), the swamp has done its job and cleared most of the storm water runoff from the water. But it dies not mean that it is bacti- free. Now the water coming up through the manhole covers is bare effluent. That is really bad.

  10. Ann Szebenyi
    Ann Szebenyi December 3, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Friends told me the stench was terrible, who wants to pay big money to see and smell that? Plus the illnesses that can cause….They better do something quick, that is a popular area…

  11. Tanisha Bowen
    Tanisha Bowen December 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Dwayne Lorde

  12. Tanisha Bowen
    Tanisha Bowen December 3, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Pamela Hall Kia Reece

  13. Mickell Als
    Mickell Als December 3, 2016 at 11:53 am

    The beach and swamp have always been there. We the new kids to the block. Stop complaining and accept that the swamp needs an exit to the sea and before you talk about sewage I say again the swamp was there before, sewerage is man’s doing. Also if you go out about 50m and take core samples you would see that the layers alternate from sand to swamp and back for decades.

    • Sue Williams
      Sue Williams December 3, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Yes, the swamp water used to be made up of decaying leaves, etc. and that is what was released onto the sea. There were signs not to swim for a couple of days after the sluice gate was opened, until the sea water cleared. This problem that we are having now is that the sewage is flowing into the swamp, and that (sewage) is what is now being emptied into the sea, as well as spreading all along the road on the south coast. Up until the present, no signs were being placed for people not to use the beach or swim in the sea, I guess that they did not want people know what was really happening … but anybody with a nose or eyes can see and smell a sh…..ty situation when confronted with it.

    • Shari A Lobo
      Shari A Lobo December 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      This isn’t GHS this is raw sewage.

  14. Tubzy Winchester
    Tubzy Winchester December 3, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Seen this Suzanne Cooper should be good for the lads arriving lololol

  15. Shari A Lobo
    Shari A Lobo December 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Why Why Why is this allowed to perpetuate and not be rectified or any communication from the ministries in charge – Health and Environment – respond officially. Instead just a statement that “the beach is closed” but no visibility of what is being done or when? Again lack of vision and no plan.
    All in our 50th year. I hope Bajans and all voters start speaking out with a collective voice. And everything for the 50th was look how far we have come but I think the real question is “Where are we going”?
    The role of the citizens is to TELL government what their needs are; not government to tell citizens what they will – or in this case – won’t do.

  16. Tony Webster December 3, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    The Ag. B.W.A. General Manager publicly said that there was no raw sewage coming out of the manholes. If he is right, this therefore means that this stuff now all over roads, beach, and surf, is of the “matured” variety? I passed Rendezvous junction yesterday…could hardly breathe….until I reached down by Coconut Court.

    December 01, 2016…the next 50 years…begin.

  17. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain December 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Sad, sad, sad….#smh

  18. Nikki Bayley
    Nikki Bayley December 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Look the problem is with the pumps….and other equipment that the sewage plant on the south coast DOES NOT HAVE. …why? Because there is no Money. The employees want to fix the problem but CANT because they dont have the tools. Minister Boyce says they have a short, medium and long term plan. Obviously the short term plan ain’t working. They have to order the parts/tools/pumps or whatever with funding to be provided by BTMI. Question is why has the order not been placed yet after 1 month and second, what is the Govt doing with the water and sewage revenue from paying customers????

  19. Carolyn Johnson December 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    And I guess the government will be reimbursing all the hotels and condos and guest houses that will be losing business until this is finally fixed? They might want to make this a priority!

  20. Rosanne Richardson
    Rosanne Richardson December 3, 2016 at 1:06 pm


  21. Camilla Greaves
    Camilla Greaves December 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm


  22. Eugene December 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Is it only raw when you see the toilet paper and solid matter? In that case, there is a lot of that going around anyway. The Authorities live in a state of denial. Most of us on the South Coast, especially business owners, have tried to work around this simply for survival. We work and live in an unhealthy environment, so we do what we have to do to function as safely as possible. I just love how BWA always know how this sewage leaks. People do not have to remove the covers, the force of the sewage does it. While send you a video next time it happens in my area.

  23. Rainz Franklyn
    Rainz Franklyn December 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm


  24. Karen Finch
    Karen Finch December 3, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Bim relies on tourism, the government needs to take note and invest in major improvements to the infrastructure such as roads etc. I can remember the work to improve the ABC Highway up from Warrens back 5 years past. Road is still the same now at the end of 2016. Roads on the east coast are atrocious. The government shouldn’t be complacent & think tourist will stay in resort. People want to explore all our beautiful island has to offer. Things need to change, to tourists will look elsewhere to go & spend their money.

  25. Berti December 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I am a Canadian tourist coming to Barbados since the 1980’s. The fact that this sewage issue is not remedied, firstly for the local Barbadians and secondly think of your economy Barbados!! It doesn’t take much for tourists to spred the word and nobody comes to this very special place! Enjoying the people, the incredible warmth and hospitality, the food, the beaches and the list goes on. Government of Barbados, get your act together and take care or your people and your country!!! If you need help ask!!!

  26. Laura Grech
    Laura Grech December 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Ryan Forde … Dont pass thru Worthing… Cant be good! Check the water, spewed sewage. Yer big uhhhh TOE might fall off. Lol

  27. Sonya Greenidge
    Sonya Greenidge December 3, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Kay-t Sealy

  28. John walmark December 3, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    As a 20 year visitor to Barbados from Canada , we were disgusted with the way the best asset in barbados is being destroyed.Any business would see this as a immediate fix in order to protect their best asset.
    Barbados please wake up and look after this asap. We are booked to be there in April and On Worthing Beach…. right now looking elsewhere.
    Shame on BWA.

  29. Sunshine Sunny Shine December 3, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    The water that runs from the swamp into the sea does not look anything like that brown shytie liquid. Also do the BWA man is a real real neophyte. How comes to darn covers are being removed now and not before. Man I can wait to see the backs of these deceituflly misleading people, here. Look can someone get a sample of the water and get it tested before these people test it and say that it is malt spill.

  30. John walmark December 3, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    As a long term 20’year visitor from Canada , we are looking at another place to spend our dollars. When will Barbados Gov wake up and see the loss

  31. John walmark December 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Get it fixed and fixed asap.

  32. Raymond December 4, 2016 at 7:01 am

    People who lied about situations such as this, which is hazardous to health, should be sacked with immediate effect. Barbados depended on tourism and a breakout of deceases caused by raw sewage would affect the island has a whole.
    There are some well educated returnee bajans, who learnt their craft abroad at the highest level employ them or some would work has volunteers for the good of this island, but would the people in charge listen to them and learn, the answer is NO, because they think they know best.

  33. George Hutchinson December 4, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Jack dis beach is mine…. I can bade here anytime ….. Where are the voices that call for hotel projects not given permission because ‘ this beach is mine ‘ but are silent on this disgusting situation .

  34. Alastor December 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    All the beaches west of st lawrence need to be closed. The current runs westwards. This matter is more serious than you know. There is a blockage. The sewerage should not be rising to the manhole levels.
    Media in UK and Canada will report this.
    More worrying is QEH….not able to cope.
    If there is a leak in the water pipes in the road..there will be a risk of contamination.
    Time to privatise the water authority and SSA and get this mess sorted out. Owen Arthur is right.

  35. The Fitz December 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Any word on how long they expect it will take to fix this problem? or will this problem be fixed? There are so many tourist in the area that go year after year needless to say all the residence in the area that it is effecting.

  36. Kevin December 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    The picture, Isnt that where the sluice gate opens to let extra runoff from the Grame Hall swamp is? Or is all that 100% raw sewerage.

    • Walmark John F December 5, 2016 at 10:04 am

      It’s raw sewage mixed in with the run off. We were there and saw smelled first hand .makes you gage.

  37. Jan Conway December 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I just came home from there yesterday. As I was packing up, our hotel manager gave us the official notice that the beach was closed. Friends staying closer (Sandy Beach area) have been watching it get worse and worse over the last week – it’s not just swamp runoff, you can see the sewage, water is brown and stench is horrible. And the leaking sewage in the street on the main road and up to Massy, behind Mojo’s etc., is horrible. Third world conditions. I am sad that this is what is happening to my favorite little destination. This is a public health crisis in the making . . . the government had better figure it out and fast.

  38. Helicopter(8P) December 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    We as Barbadians are now on a call to war with the raw sewage which is now destroying our International acclaim and ecosystem. Town and Country Planning, Coastal Zone Management, Barbados Water Authority and Ministry of health please put your brains and logic together with this National crisis ASAP All hands on deck!!! Its a 24×7 operation at this moment. No time for play!! Urgency!!!!

    • John Walmark December 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      agree 100 %

  39. Helicopter(8P) December 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    If the sewage plant want tools to fix any size pump they can borrow factory tools from Andrews ,Port Vale or the Arawak Cement plant just don’t give me poor excuses people! For goodness sake log books are to be kept up to date on every pump and you always keep a standby pump on a ready run basis. Piss poor excuses is not what i as a Barbadian want to hear from any of you who are in charge of keeping our infrastructure to an acceptable grade. The Barbados Oil Companies have equipment that can be loaned to you sewer management to x-ray pipe gauges. That plumbing should be made of Teflon piping or PVC If we are still putting in place nitrogen impregnated plumbing then we are backward. Our tourism product should never be compromised because of engineers just not advancing from their school days but only advancing in pay checks.

  40. Claudette Frobe December 6, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I am very sad to see that. I was planning a trip to Barbados again this year – to Paradise Island – but after seeing this, I think i will change my mind and go and visit another island.

    Toursim is a big part of your economy – so please fixed that problem for once so tourism will not go from Paradise Island.

  41. BajanYankee December 7, 2016 at 10:58 am

    This problem needs to be addressed immediately for the people who LIVE in Barbados. Bajans eat the fish from these waters and they also go to the sea. Put your self first!!!!!! Fix this for the people who live there!!!!!!!!!

  42. John Walmark December 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Mr. Prime Minister
    Firstly, may I wish you a very merry Christmas and a joyful new year!
    My wife Pam and I have been travelling sometimes twice a year for 20 years to Barbados. A few years ago, we were honoured to be chosen to meet the former Prime Minister David Thompson and his family. At that time, we were made honorary Bayans, which we cherish.
    Our most recent visit was our second visit this year. In March, we brought all our family to experience Barbados. In Nov, we spent 14 days on Worthing Beach at our favourite home away from home at The Coral Sands.
    Our first beach walk was to say the least disgusting to see and smell. We both were gaging from the stench. 5 of our 14 days on Worthing were days where we were unable to even walk on the beach let alone think about swimming in the sewage in the sea.
    Barbados has been known for outstanding weather, beautiful people and pristine beaches… Any business that had an asset like the Beaches in Barbados would be cherished and protected …. Well think its time to make sure that happens.
    Residents don’t have a choice where they live but we as tourists have many choices where to spend our vacation dollars. We are now reconsidering another island … it breaks our heart to think we might not be back to Barbados ..
    What will be done to correct the sewage problem and when will it be done.
    I have sent numerous emails to various organizations without receiving one reply.
    Please reply and advise the plan.
    John F Walmark
    1602 Lincolnshire Blvd
    Mississauga On Canada

  43. Laura Hoch December 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Has this terrible situation been cleaned up yet. It would be a shame if all travelers to your beautiful island cancelled and went someplace else! We have been coming for over 30 years and pray that this is fixed for good before we come again in January of 2017!

  44. Trevor Watson December 17, 2016 at 10:21 am

    What is the latest on the ongoing sewage problem, my wife and I have spent a lot of money booking a holiday to Worthing in March 2017.


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