South Coast residents hope sewer fix holds

Residents and business owners of Worthing, Rendezvous and Hastings, Christ Church are crossing their fingers in the hope that the latest efforts by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) will solve the vexing issue of sewage flowing onto the streets of the south coast.

When Barbados TODAY visited the affected areas this morning, septic trucks were seen pumping the contents of the sewer manholes.

Today BWA crews were hard at work in the along the sewage-affected south coast.

Sewer caps in front of the Lanterns Mall and the Regency Cove Hotel, blamed for the awful stench affecting business establishments in the vicinity, were also being reinforced with asphalt.

The pungent scent of effluence, which had become an unfortunate feature of that particular stretch of the tourist belt, had also significantly abated.

However, while residents were eager for a resolution to the problem, which has affected their businesses and general quality of life, they were concerned the BWA might have been placing plaster over a matter which required major surgery.

“The day before yesterday, they came and pump the well in front of the [CIBC] First Caribbean Bank [in Rendezvous] and it rained the evening and by the night the sewage was bubbling up again. They came yesterday and pump it off again and the same thing happen again, the sewage was back on the street this morning. This morning I see them out here again, I am not sure if the plan is to come and pump the wells whenever there is rain the night before but to me it doesn’t seem like a long term solution,” said Alex Clarke, a longstanding Rendezvous resident.

Clarke’s neighbour and apartment owner Renee Fields would not look into the future at what was likely to happen when it rains again.

She was simply appreciative of the relief effort and optimistic that the problem would be solved soon.

“At least I am seeing some action and that is more than what has been happening in previous weeks. It has gotten the attention of everyone and I am sure that the Government is going to move quickly to fix the problem once and for all,” she said.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley had earlier blamed blocked outflow pipes at Needham Point for the raw sewage seeping through manholes and flowing onto the streets of the south coast.

She told a meeting of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party on Sunday 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.

Barbados TODAY made several unsuccessful attempts to contact BWA’s Acting General Manager Dr John Mwansa to confirm the purpose of work currently carried out on the offending sewer caps.

7 Responses to South Coast residents hope sewer fix holds

  1. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles December 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Just like our beloved government….. Don’t fix it…..just cover it up. SMDH

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  2. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart December 15, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Why are they fixing something that the government says isn’t broken just a few days ago….who is telling the untruth now???

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  3. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid December 15, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Keep up the pressure guys ,don’t back down ,keep letting the world know what going on …

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  4. John Everatt December 15, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Senator Husbands has just been quoted by this media today as saying that the cost to fix the south coast sewer problems will cost 1 billion dollars. That seems a little high to take care of some brackish water. And if Mia is correct in her take on the issue (a blocked outflow pipe in the sea) then a billion dollars also seems high to fix that problem. Dr Mwansa of the BWA seems to think that the problems have already been fixed. In this case 1 billion dollars also seems high to fix something that is already fixed. Just my igrant interpretation of things but it seems that someone is not being entirely honest in this whole mess.

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  5. Straightalk December 15, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    John Everatt… so is this why they approved an extra billion a few days ago? And why Sinckler said it was necessary in the near future? Hhrrmm…

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  6. Elvis Goodman
    Elvis Goodman December 15, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Just maybe if workers would do what they are paid to do…i suspect that a lot of things would work as they should….but I guess it is easier to blame the politicians for everything….those of us that fail daily to do our jobs don’t seem to realize that they are the ones creating some of the problems…

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  7. jrsmith December 16, 2016 at 7:20 am

    The major problem we have a bunch of untrustworthy people ,who suppose to be politicians who have no real concern for the majority ,the black people of Barbados.
    You cannot feel other than they were elected to destroy our country…,,,..,,,.,.,.,..,,.,.,.,.,.,.,,,.,.,.,..,…,.,.,.,.,.,.,,.,
    This is the most disrespectful, dishonest , untrustworthy , lazy ass bunch of people we call a government this island have ever had , at one time there was some of them who you would give the time of day to , but , thats all gone out the window…..
    .,.,,,….,.,.,.,,.,.,.,.,.,..,.,.,.,.,..,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,..,.,.,..,
    Sad for us bajans , we have no one to complain to, no one to ask question of , you would consider if this lot ever know what they were elected for….
    ( The late Mr,Errol Barrow ) must be considering emigrating ..

    @ ,Elvis , G, hail ,hail, well said but the politicians are the ones to lay the foundation, and make it easy to build and finish the house.
    but this lot does nothing.
    Our politicians is a group who want to build a house , but they are all painters…….

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