Worthing Beach reopens

Following the closure of Worthing Beach on Friday, December 2, as a result of problems with overflowing manholes in the area, The Ministry of Health  in a statement this afternoon said it was satisfied that the temporary closure of the beach may now be discontinued and that the beach was fit for all recreational uses.

“These recommendations are based on the results of monitoring of nearshore water quality conducted on Monday, December 5, by the Environmental Protection Department. The results of tests conducted at the Public Health Laboratory indicate that the bacteriological levels meet the WHO and United States Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for recreational waters.

“The Ministry of Health is further satisfied that an operational plan has been put in place to address maintenance issues at the South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant and will continue to support the work of the multi-sectoral committee that is overseeing this work,” the statement added.

It was issued after Minister of Health John Boyce and Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy visited the beach this morning and took a dip in the water before carrying away the warning signs that were posted on the beach earlier this week.

24 Responses to Worthing Beach reopens

  1. Jada Jameson
    Jada Jameson December 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Yuck, thank god the sea does clean itself but still yuck poo was in the water!

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  2. Shurf De
    Shurf De December 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Not rsl me… I waiting for a month

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    • Shana Vanderwolf
      Shana Vanderwolf December 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm
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    • John walmark December 8, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      I’m waiting until I hear a date when the operational issues are completed and sewage will not be released into sea at Worthing Beach.

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  3. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier December 8, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Yeah I think I will wait

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  4. Shurf De
    Shurf De December 8, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Big man I ain’t gine… Browns Beach, pebbles….

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  5. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith December 8, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    These politicians like to follow bare sh*te (pun intended). I recall hearing about the British politician during the mad cow disease issue. He tried to force feed his little daughter a beefburger to prove that the meat didn’t contain the disease.

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  6. Shurf De
    Shurf De December 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    You joining me ke ke

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  7. Greengiant December 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    No poo was in the water. They were dried leaves from the swamp that got to the stage of decay. This was always the case whenever the sluce gate was opened to reduce the water level in the swamp but of course we are always thinking the worst these days. Again I will say ” we need to be careful what we wish for.”

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    • John walmark December 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      They weren’t dried leaves when we were there 2week a go…it was sewage .

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  8. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes December 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Lots of beaches in the US are sometimes closed due to ecoli and other fecal bacteria. They reopen after a while. Yes this can happen but they need to prevent it from occuring again.

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  9. Judith Parris
    Judith Parris December 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I would just add that I grew up in the area and when there was plenty of rain the flood gate would be open to prevent flooding

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  10. Peter Merrifield
    Peter Merrifield December 8, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Nature

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  11. John walmark December 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    As they said in the movie JAWS…. there are no sharks? What are you worried about.
    Please share the operational plan for all to see along with a timeline to complete.

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  12. John walmark December 8, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    What the operational plan? Tell everyone.

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  13. John walmark December 8, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I was recently asked a local merchant why the Graeme Conservation area was closed?
    I was told that the government told him he had to build pipes that would run underground out past reef to allow run off from swamp. He said no can’t afford to do that , so was shut down as he walked away.
    Why did government want the discharge piped out past the reef?

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  14. Antionette Sealy December 8, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    @Cherylann Bourne-Hayes and Greengiant

    Tell that to the Nation Newspaper and Mia Mottley .

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  15. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews December 8, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I will Ask Again , Are the Sewage Pumps Working ?, is the Sewage Plant in Bridgetown running and Working at adequate levels? , the Worry was Sewage going into the Swamp , and then the Swamp gates being opened , yes the Sea can be clear but that is not the full problem , the Swamp gate to the Sea cannot be opened , did they check the levels of bacteria in the swamp? , plus the swamp needs access to the sea at high tide , IF YOU ARE Maintaining the Swamp’s Ecosystem

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  16. jus me December 8, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    OH!!

    I hear we new B ROWNS beach open for Business again.

    NUMBER ONE business??
    or
    NUMBER TWO business??

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  17. Big Brown December 9, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Why did the Government not give people this assurance when this event was going on? Why wait until it reached crisis levels? Is not part of their job to communicate with the people they serve? Ooops I forgot! We are talking about the DLP.

    And please no more pictures of big belly ministers at the beach. Some things can’t be unseen.

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  18. Walmark John F December 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

    What department is responsible for the fix of the sewage plant on south coast ? Who is the minister in charge that said the operational plan is set .

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  19. Laura Hoch December 14, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Do any of the above ever get answers to their questions??

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