Sewage flowing along south coast again

The vile smell of raw sewage leaking from manholes has hit the south coast communities of Worthing and Rendezvous once again, this time more pungent than ever, in what residents said was a recurring nightmare.

When Barbados TODAY visited the affected areas Monday, residents complained that the latest episode following last night’s rainfall was causing them significant discomfort.

“Up to this morning the sewage was running out of here and ran all the way into the pond,” gardener Isedore Isaacs said while pointing to a manhole.

“All here was full with water,” he added in frustration.

Issacs pointed to a resident’s yard where the water with the raw sewage had been flowing.

While the water level had dropped, there was a waterline about a foot-and-a-half high, clearly showing sewage that had settled there.

Gardener Isedore Issacs pointing to a build up of sewage.

“I thought they said that it was fixed but it happens all the time,” he said in reference to the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) which gave the assurance earlier this year that the sewage problem that plagued the south coast last year had been resolved.

“Everytime you get a good shower [of rain] it just keeps repeating all the time . . . . The stench was real bad this morning. It would discourage people from visiting the area. The people had to walk on the sidewalk to avoid walking into the sewage,” he added. The BWA released a statement Monday blaming a failed trash pump and an increase in fats, oils and grease for “the high level of sewage that has been dumped on the streets and communities on the south coast over the weekend”.

Manager of the Waste Water Division Patricia Inniss said the water company was addressing the problem and maintenance of one of the pumps was expected to be completed Monday.

“This should see the return of the wastewater levels to normal within 24 hours,” Inniss said in the statement, adding that the authorities had approved the purchase of a second trash pump, which was expected to be shipped shortly.

“In the interim, BWA crews have been deodorizing the affected area,” she said.

It was just last week that Inniss said the BWA had a “crisis” of major proportions on its hands, in terms of the problems plaguing the island’s sewage disposal system.

“We have our hands filled in a lot of pockets that all need to be addressed. Unfortunately, they have been deteriorating overtime, so everything has become a crisis. But we just can’t pretend [they don’t exist] . . . , we have to deal with them,” Inniss said during a news conference called to officially launch surveys in the capital Bridgetown, as well as Worthing and Oistins, Christ Church areas.

Inniss had also said the BWA would work closely with the Sanitation Service Authority to implement a better system for handling sludge and other forms of waste.

At the same time, she said the authority was doing everything humanly possible to prevent a recurrence of the serious wastewater overflow problems, which affected the south coast some six months ago and was in the process of installing four new effluent pumps.

8 Responses to Sewage flowing along south coast again

  1. colleta July 25, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Politicians put people in positions that have not the slightest clue about operating a sewer system, it will get worst as workers exit the working environment. The whole system out of control.

  2. Sandy Perkins
    Sandy Perkins July 25, 2017 at 4:50 am

    love it.

  3. jrsmith July 25, 2017 at 5:27 am

    The real problem, lots of people need to be sacked we have people who wouldn’t find jobs in the private sector …….. We are not that educated as we think , we cannot find people in Barbados to be managers and we cannot find the people with technical knowledge ……………………

    What is required the (Sanitation Department ) need to be a separate concern totally away from the (BWA),, then we would be able to find another Trinidadian paying them $50,000 a day to put the sewage system right ………………… Barbados, this government has got to be the biggest joke ever what a tin pot government ……………………..
    But we have a priminster who because bajan people is trying to exercise some of they democratic rights , he choose to be rum shop person he is and threatening our people , that they should remember they place ……………..And once again we have sewage spilling all over our streets……………………………………………

  4. Randy Hartman
    Randy Hartman July 25, 2017 at 6:49 am

    We need more taxes to fix this..

  5. Kevin July 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    The problem is what the BWA stated already. The South Coast Sewerage plant was NOT designed for rain fall run-off…..

  6. Milli Watt July 25, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    when we had oit toilets this was not a problem……………the price you pay for development

  7. Belfast July 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Pretty soon some hotel owner in Welches Christ Church, is going to go to court to get an injunction on the operation of the Sewerage Station next door to the Doctor’s Office. Can you imagine the Town and Country Planning Department giving permission to build a hotel/ guest house/ condo, within feet of a sewerage pumping station that for most of the time stinks to high heaven?
    Another Andrews Sugar Factory in the making.

  8. Helicopter(8P) July 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Ms Inniss I would hope that the engineers and designers who had outlayed the plans for the system had involved a stand by back up pump which should have had automatic switch-on capabilities? Two main pumps at least and an automatic standby pump should be the least in-cooperated units to handle a small town’s sewer operation! Maintenance procedures for these pumps when off line should be top priority and all essential man hours should be utilized by Environment, Works and Health ministries divisions to have the system back to normal; thust enhancing our tourism product.


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