Stench still stifling Hastings businesses

The bothersome issue of raw sewage on the south coast seems to the lingering, despite last week’s reopening of Worthing Beach, and assurances from the authorities that the problem had been fixed.

Business owners at the Hastings Mall say the problem remains real for them and is taking a financial toll on them .

Proprietors told Barbados TODAY that even though the pumps at the South Coast Sewerage Treatment Plant may be functioning; any significant rainfall causes the wells opposite the mall to overflow and results in a horrible stench at the popular shopping centre.

Last month the BWA blamed the broken pump for dumping the vile-smelling effluence along the street in the south coast and reported that it had finally been repaired. However when Barbados TODAY visited the area this morning, the pungent odour of sewage was still present.

Whenever it rains, the wells opposite Hastings Mall overflow, resulting in a horrible stench in the popular shopping centre and its environs.

“Every time it rains, the well gets full and the water backs in here and our stuff [sewage] has nowhere to go and is backed up into our system and the scent is killing us and our customers in here. This is not a problem that has just started, it has been going on for years now and it is only because we had a long dry season that we didn’t have much of a flare up before now,” said one store manager.

According to business workers there, the recent stench caused by the overflowing wells, have resulted in a significant drop in patronage at the mall.

“People don’t want to stop here when it rains because they have to drive through that stinking water and the scent gets on their tyres. One time the water in the well filled up so much that the cap blew off and spilled sewage onto the streets,” added a store clerk.

He also said that whenever this happens, the ZRs refuse to pick up passengers from the nearby bus stops for fear of the stench getting into their vehicles.

“The ZR vans don’t stop for anybody out here once that well overflows because they say that it dirtying up their vans and make them smell musty, so people have to go the bus stop above. It is making business terrible,” stressed another frustrated store manager.

Persons were also concerned that the overflowing sewage was making its way to the sea as the surface drainage runs off to the ocean.

“The drain is right here in the road and it goes across the road into the ocean. So all the water there that coming out of the sewage wells into the road and into the same drain . . . flows into the sea,” he added.

Meanwhile, one Worthing resident told Barbados TODAY that he has spent $700 in gasoline just this week, to pump the effluents flowing onto his property from the leaking caps close to the Worthing post office.

“I would invite the BWA or the Minister of Health to come out here when it rains, to see and smell what this area is like. I am not sure if the problem can be fixed because these are low lying areas. But if the BWA could send trucks to pump off the overflow and sanitize the area, it would help,” said the gentleman, who spoke with Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

20 Responses to Stench still stifling Hastings businesses

  1. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield December 13, 2016 at 6:17 am

    No way it’s imaginary ,ask Mr Sealy and Mr Boyce.No video No proof

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  2. Santini More
    Santini More December 13, 2016 at 6:22 am

    These business people and customers claiming to smell something offensive are obviously all Mia’s BLP stooges. Loyal DLP folks are happy to wade thru rivers of foul smelling crap without making a single negative comment.

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    • Philip Clement
      Philip Clement December 13, 2016 at 7:10 am

      This not a party problem my friend …. this is a health problem… whether
      D B C it affects us all.

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    • Santini More
      Santini More December 13, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Philip Clement Such words of wisdom!

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    • Michael A Clarke
      Michael A Clarke December 13, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Santini More I assume you are being sarcastic?

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    • Santini More
      Santini More December 13, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Michael A Clarke Well spotted.

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  3. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement December 13, 2016 at 7:12 am

    This is not a B D or C problem… its a health problem that can affect us all..

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  4. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias December 13, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I work in Hastings , and I not smelling what they smelling . And I am not affiliated with any party….I must admit , that last set of HEAVY rain we had couple weeks ago , the road was under water (ankle high) , and I was heading to KFC , and I did smell something a little funky. Buy nothing now.

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  5. Natalie Small
    Natalie Small December 13, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I live not far away and can’t smell it from home but yesterday there was nasty greenish colored water in the pothole next to the manhole by Lanterns and the car park at KFC had a definite sewage smell.

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  6. Raymond Bucknor December 13, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Base on your comments. You have no sense of smell because I can smell the stench driving by in my car.

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  7. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens December 13, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Why are people putting politricks into such a serious situation?

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  8. Jackquelynn Jones
    Jackquelynn Jones December 13, 2016 at 8:42 am

    For the non believers, this is the TP and S..t coming out of sewer system on our property. Not interested in which party is the blame..stop burying your heads in the sand..or just wait until the diseases break out!

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  9. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson December 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

    But but Sealy said ALL FIXED….Just when start of tourist season, & Christmas shopping…Had to go DEMS & all who voted for DEMS too….Time to drain the DEMS swamp….

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  10. Jonah Banks December 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

    This needs to be sorted out quickly, otherwise the one remaining source of income, i.e. tourism, will be lost.

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  11. Helicopter(8P) December 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

    There is a chemical that The Number One Man in the Number Two Busyness had been using years ago in his Portable potties which is a disinfectant and deodorizer all in one. Maybe that treatment could be applied as a possible deterrent to the stench!

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  12. James Franks December 13, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Barbados for a holiday destination??

    Would NOT touch it with a barge pole at the present time until they repair and modernize their entire sewage works, which is probably a task beyond them, zo they will just ignore in the hope it will disappear.

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  13. Sheron Inniss December 13, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I pass there the other day and the smell was ‘nough to make you puke. I had to tell my partner to close the windows.

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  14. Guy Smiley December 13, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Lol Santini More. Philip Clement is obviously a bit slow or he is a Dem.

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  15. Peter December 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    If this was the USA or UK or even Canada, those businesses affected would have filed law suits to reclaim funds lost. Of course people like Carson Cadogan, Zeus, Harry, Alex Alleyne, turnover and other die hard DLP supporters will call them unpatriotic irrespective of the health danger that may well evolve. This comment may NOT be published as BT is good at withdrawing my comments.

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