Mottley identifies source of sewage mess

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley believes blocked outflow pipes at Needham Point are the cause of the raw sewage seeping through manholes and flowing onto the streets of the south coast.

Mottley, who had initially raised the matter at a rally of her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) at Top Rock, Christ Church on Sunday night reiterated her position at a town hall meeting in Worthing last night that the sewerage treatment plant was designed in such a way that treated sewage would flow over a kilometre out to sea through a pipe buried 150 feet deep.

This pipe, she said, has 18 outlet diffusers for gradual release of the effluent into fast-moving water for rapid dissipation.

However, she charged that all but two of the diffusers were faulty, resulting in the problem currently facing South Coast residents and visitors.

“Ten of the diffusers in the water are fully blocked, six of the diffusers are partially blocked, and only two are functioning,” the BLP leader claimed.

“Therefore, it is no wonder that the Friday before Independence, by the Garrison, sewage started coming out there, because water finds the weakest points through which to extract itself, whether it is the manholes [or] the canals,” she added.

Mottley contended that the diffusers had been blocked for a number of years, suggesting that they had not been maintained since the person whose responsibility it was to clean them died seven years ago.

She also claimed that the treatment plant had been out of order for three years and nothing had been done to repair it.

“Your Government has presided over a situation where next month, January 2017, will mark three full years that the South Coast Sewerage Treatment Plant has not worked, and what has been happening is that the sewage is coming into the pipes, going into the inflow well.

“Almost every possible thing in that plant is broken. The pumps are broken, the odour control units, not just in the plants but in the lift stations along the south coast are not working, the non-return valves, which are supposed to stop the backflow of sewage is not working, pumps in pumping stations, like River Road, not working,” she told party supporters.

29 Responses to Mottley identifies source of sewage mess

  1. Tony Webster December 15, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Thanks Mia. There is an explanation, for most anything…including why certain folks are tippy-toeing around these days as if walking on eggs, and their alacrity in parting with inconvenient facts…as if they were down to their last dollar…of political capital.

    We clearly recall you publicly warning the Gorilliphants many weeks ago, that there was a time-bomb located at the S. coast sewage plant! Hard-ears…gine feel.

  2. Santini More
    Santini More December 15, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Finally an explanation! Shameful that it had to come from the Leader of the Opposition.

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 15, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Thank you Mia ,because the clowns wouldn’t admit it happening. But this problem existed for over 3yrs.

  4. Elvin Brome
    Elvin Brome December 15, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Is mia is so good to Tell me the source of the problem on the South coast can she tell me the problem in the foundation at crab hill police station too so the government can get back some of money

  5. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke December 15, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Mr Brome sinse you on the topic of St Lucy how the massive roads projects going . Very well indeed I see . Or because your party in power it’s ok for ppl to destroy the vehicles daily on roads that just dig up and left idle . Kellman got a jeep he ain’t going feel the bumps and jolts so much .

  6. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke December 15, 2016 at 6:33 am

    The explanation offered by the diver made absolute sense . A blockage pushing back the load . Just like a blocked up sink etc. Ok the ppl find the problem for you .Now go and fix it . Or that gotta wait til you buy the land and build a roundabout by Pine Basin. Or after the $10 million is spent on scanners for the ports . Seeing as you always got your priorities mixed up I will sit back and watch .

  7. Loretta Griffith December 15, 2016 at 7:00 am

    With no disrespect to the Prime Minister, I am all for delegating of duties but when that fails as THE PRIME MINISTER you are expected to turn up the heat under whichever Minister is not functioning in the public’s interest.
    It is clear that some people are just sleeping on the job and encouraging the wastage of scarce taxpayers dollars
    If ever there was a time for action, it is now, more like yesterday.I am really hurting for my country. It’s the only place I call home.

  8. C B Barnes December 15, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Leaders are supposed to lead by example and our PM surely can not pass that test and requirement, surely!

  9. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 15, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Ok Mia but these kinda problems began years ago when your party rule for 14 straight years and now this present day ruling party making it worse enough damm blame to go around.This is politricks 101 so ain’t trusting none of these two political outfits period.

  10. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 15, 2016 at 7:43 am


  11. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza December 15, 2016 at 7:57 am

    But to that smartass who ready to talk bout 14 yrs. Hello? So the last (8) yrs was not enough time to fix it?… WHO FEELS IT KNOWS IT. Wunna certainly would not like to smell **** in wunna house and get complaints. Stop the blame game and fix the […] problem. I feel like i living in a third world country. Sick of this. Just fix the damn problem. I feel so bad because I accused my neighbor of her well smelling stink then to realize there is no well and its just back up lines stinking when rain falls. That also explained the rise in the cockroach in the rockley area which i was blaming on the chinese restaurants at quayside. Dem paying for sewage disposal and time again have to pay a sewer truck to pull sewage. There is a back up here and i will have to do the same shortly. Looking back over the yrs i was busy looking after my sick husband, there was once I wondered how my private manhole got broken…. it was back up sewage. I have become handicap. My husband dead and its difficult for me to do anything but call for help from a sewer truck. I seen alot of roaches and it is because of the back up sewage where they are breeding. I am telling the truth so i guess i will be victimized for speaking my grievances but at this point I JUST DO NOT CARE!!! And dis would mek wunna laugh cause I now realize I was doing something you will see in a cartoon…you know like I repeatedly do the same action for results. I used to pour drano, mauriatic acid and other stuff down the lines over and over thinking it was my fault it was clogged until the last time like a cartoon demon it went nowhere and I was forced to open waste lines and flush and had to wash down the stink from it. Its unfortunate all the lines run to the sewer outlet. My head hurts to repeat this.

  12. Jacko December 15, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Since the operators of the South Coast Sewage Project, either don’t know how to maintain the equipment, or don’t have the expertise to do so, they should employ a firm to operate the waste water system as is done by WASA in Trinidad or the Government in St Croix. It would certainly save them some money in the long run.

  13. Roslyn Sobers
    Roslyn Sobers December 15, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Ms.Mottley always go out and her crew and fine the problems.

  14. BaJan boy December 15, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Rawle Spooner you sound so ignorant I cannot believe you are a man that passed near a school door. The last 9 years the DLP was in office and failed to maintain the sewage system and you are ignorantly talking about blame and 14 years in office. Exactly what is causing the problems in this country. The DEMS don’t seem to realize that the running of this country would have been their responsibility after winning an election. They are in still in election mode and preparing for the next without governing the country. Bajans ready fu wunnah this time wunnah can bring Gear Box in an ambulance instead of the old lady on the bus.. Oh no forget Sinckler got some morality issues that he wants the Bishop to help him with…

  15. Helicopter(8P) December 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Operations Management or Chief technical officer in charge of the identity is fully responsible for the functioning of the sewer system

  16. Ossie moore December 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

    A hole lot ‘o docked pay!!

  17. Antionette Sealy December 15, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Ah hah Mia , answer this one. Is it true that the the sewage plant was handed over to the then Government with the understanding that if it malfunctions, raw untreated sewage would be deposited in the swamp? If that is the case, are you now surprised to hear that raw sewage is being dumped there? Forget what it is designed to do i.e Channel treated sewage into a pipe 150 feet etc etc.under ideal conditions and tell the nation about what would happen and what has happened when it malfunctions i.e dump raw sewage into the swamp.

  18. F.A.Rudder December 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Ms Sealy!My name is F.A.Rudder and if I’m hearing what I think I’m hearing from you on the malfunctioning of the sewer plant operations process, then we’re totally ecologically and environmentally illiterate as a nation and tourist destination. The plant should have in its possession a Standard Operating Procedures manual which should show what procedures should be taken under an overload or flood stage condition as for having a blocked or clogged system for over a period of weeks is totally unacceptable in the principals of Environmental, Ecological and industrial engineering within the Health Management and Fisheries Ministries!

  19. Helicopter(8P) December 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    It’s 2016 now and the time has come when Political parties can no longer neglect issues and problems and say ” We did enough for a guaranteed pension so we will leave the problems to the party coming in”!

  20. Antionette Sealy December 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    @ F.A.Rudder , it isn’t only what you hearing from me, the statements made by Ms. Mottley should also lead you to that conclusion. However for your information, there is no fool-proof system in the world. As I was made to understand, there are two separate and distinct problems i.e (1)failure of the waste plant and (2) back-up on the network. Yes, there are Standard Operating Procedures manuals but only God Knows what part the deluge we had two weeks ago is playing in the problems we are currently experiencing. Right now the problem must be tackled by a process of elimination and in the absence of standby “cut over” systems , the experts are shooting in the dark. Check Ms. Mottley’s language ‘She believes not she knows for sure, that blocked outflow pipes at Needham Point are the cause of the raw sewage seeping through manholes and flowing onto the streets of the south coast. Engineers from the Water Authority, Drainage, Coastal Management, Health etc. etc.must put their heads together to solve the problem instead of an individual or individuals from one department feeding politicians with questionable reasons for the ongoing problems. i

  21. Mack December 15, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Mia you now have to get a bus , go and collect the high arcie of the water, health and enviournment departments and take them to the source of the problem to convince them that we have a problem. Then you can start worrying about how you are going to get them to take some action to resolve the problem. SO SAD!!!

  22. Island Jack December 15, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Management, Money, Maintenance – what else do you need?

  23. Carson C Cadogan December 15, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    “Opposition Leader Mia Mottley believes blocked outflow pipes at Needham Point are the cause of the raw sewage seeping through manholes and flowing onto the streets of the south coast.”

    Of course you know what the problems are.

    After all your Barbados Labour Party Govt. was responsible for the poorly built South Coast Sewage Project.

  24. Jim Alleyne December 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Who should get fired?

  25. Antionette Sealy December 15, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Jim , you asked who should get fired? According to Mia’s logic, the person or persons who took over from the dead man 7 years ago, to clean the diffusers at Needham’s Point. You can’t fire anyone at the sewage plant because the understanding from day one, is that in the event of a major failure at the plant, sewage will accumulate in the swamp. Can anyone tell me where is the alternative collection point? A good suggestion would be to get waste haulers like” Number one in the number 2 business” or Jose and Jose to remove the sewage and transport it to the Bridgetown plant for treatment.

  26. Mike December 16, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Carson, U always ready to play d “blame game”. POT CALLING D KETTLE BLACK !!!
    Both Parties point fingers instead of fixing problems that all citizens have to endure. What malodorous effluvia !!! Just like Cawmere where blocked sewer pipes from “pads” started the stink , and noone took responsibility to reconstruct/refit the sewer system to accommodate the female population at the former Boys’ school.
    Watchmen sleeping on the political job getting paid and want Teachers to do extra work for a “handshake” ???

  27. Sam Pillie December 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I am ashamed as a BAJAN to read some of the comments above, it shows that we have some DIE-HARD followers of political parties who instead of being interested in helping to solve the challenge is trying to support their party no matter what.

    There is something called Preventative Maintenance and it is clear that those responsible DID NOT performed Preventative Maintenance on the plant or its equipment. (Heads should roll!)

    Not only did they not repair the faulty pumps when they failed to keep a flow going through the pipes to prevent the outlets from being blocked, but they also did not put a temporary measure in place to reduce the blockage of the partially block outlets. Again, I say heads should roll!

    This looks like a trend to me, because before the rains, they were blaming a drought for the reason that certain parts of Barbados had no water. Later we found out that several pumps had failed without being repaired, and when the rains returned they were no pumps to pump the water. Once more, I say HEADS SHOULD ROLL!

    If the sewerage plant cannot be maintained, then I think that we should look forward to big challenges with the new De-Sal Plants. The Membranes of De-Sal plants are very expensive and sensitive requiring hourly monitors to keep them in top shape.

    So lets; GET SOME NEW PUMPS, CLEAN/CLEAR THE OUTLET, and maintain the system until a better or upgraded plant is installed and commissioned. There should be no sewerage in the tourist belt areas. Shame on whomever is responsible.

  28. Catherine Lewis December 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Just curious ……if you are hooked up to the sewage lines dont you have to pay money and if yes, what has Gvnt been doing with it all ?? Certainly not maintance !!

  29. Carson C Cadogan December 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Taken from my Facebook feed:
    My “confidential source” tells me that there were no issues off Needhams point when the monitoring was wrapped up and the Contract in place ended TWO years ago.

    If between 2014 and now there are issues like what has been mentioned then the Person who investigated, divers etc. should come forward with that information.

    Put the government on the spot with the EVIDENCE and stop playing politics if you are indeed serious about the health of the nation.

    This government takes the blame…it is the entity in charge… But if that “belief” of Ms. Mottley is FALSE ….. THEN WHAT???”


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