Sewage system to be upgraded

Major upgrades are on the cards for Barbados’ sewage system.

Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management,   Dr David Estwick, made the announcement on Friday as he addressed the official launch of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Renewable Energy Project.  It was held at the BWA’s headquarters at the Pine Commercial Estate, St Michael.

Noting the sewage issues which surfaced recently, Dr Estwick highlighted the need to modernise the system.

“I am moving aggressively to rebuild our sewage systems. They’re all old, archaic and failing. This is the reality…and sometimes you can imagine the level of development that would’ve happened on the south coast since the 1990s, when that South Coast Sewage Plant was built. So, we’re now facing infrastructure issues and future capacity issues,” he said.

It is against this background that Dr Estwick also revealed plans to recycle waste water, as he pointed out this is a critical reason why the BWA’s Waste Water Division was created.

“One of the things I am going to thrust going forward is to modernise our waste water and waste systems development, and this is the reason why we moved to set up a Waste Water Division, which is the way you have to deal with this… Separate waste water from potable water,” Dr Estwick stressed.

The Minister outlined how recycling waste water could help to boost the water supply, pointing out that Barbados is a water scarce country and could no longer depend on rainfall to replenish the aquifers.

“The critical element of that is this, we have to stop moving to treat water and sending it out in the ocean for the fish.  We’re moving to treat our sewage and our effluence to a tertiary standard, and then introduce aquifer recharge,”       Dr Estwick explained.

“No longer will we be sending three million gallons of water into the ocean that can be brought back to land to supplement the water in our aquifers,” he stated.

According to Dr Estwick, the time has come for “critical and urgent” strategies to be implemented to enhance the water and sewage infrastructure, as well as the operations of the BWA.

71 Responses to Sewage system to be upgraded

  1. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce November 18, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    So is d guvament

  2. Mic Taylor
    Mic Taylor November 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    All of sudden everything is going to be fix now !

  3. Nikki Bayley
    Nikki Bayley November 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Lies and more lies

  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm


  5. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry November 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    ya mean the same one that the Canadians offered to do (if my memory serves me correctly)

  6. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson November 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Ok The DLP. Have opened the Lie Cupboard,
    Here we go Promises promises, which in English means LIES LIES !!!!

  7. milli watt November 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm


  8. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan November 18, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    We wan an upgrade from d dlp that wah

  9. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade November 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Everything going to get don i dont think so election is comming HEHEHEHE

  10. hcalndre November 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I`m skeptical of drinking the water as it is now, after it is boiled and settled in your kettle especially a glass kettle, I don`t think that it should come into your home in that gray looking with and all that limestone, the meters have done nothing to improve the standard of the water, is this recycled water be coming into your homes or for irrigation purpose, then you will have the problem in your home instead across the road.

    • Reg November 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Hire a plumber to install an,” Inline water filter” on your pipe before it enters the house and that should improve the water quality.

  11. Busta Mills
    Busta Mills November 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Government will soon be upgraded too

  12. Mervin Phillips
    Mervin Phillips November 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    It look like the Election bell is going to ring soon,Estwick going to do all the upgrades now,Minister of finance going to beat the Fair trading commision people for the one hundred million us dollers from the oil company sale ,constituency councils

  13. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 18, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    what ah round peg in ah square hole…..i didn’t know u still in bim big mout pit bull

    • Suezette Boyce-Griffith
      Suezette Boyce-Griffith November 18, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      He is not the pitt bull any more he too is the liebull just like all of dem bunch of theives

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba November 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Suezette Boyce-Griffith FA REAL SUE

  14. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 18, 2017 at 5:12 pm


    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 19, 2017 at 7:14 am

      It’s shocking at the sudden speed these manipulating liars are going

  15. John Everatt November 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    The problem with south coast sewage has been going on for over 2 years now. Yet only now the minister announces this grand plan when he has only a couple of months left in office. I guess this is all part of the silly season. This sort of thing will require months of studies and lots of money neither one of which this government has.

  16. straight talk November 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    He is a strong headed aggressive useless vagabond and should not be in politics. He don’t contribute anything and have FAILED in every ministry he was place in, nuff bark and no bite. sewage in thee streets and water rusty.

    • andy g November 18, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      you know yuh just tell a lie.forget about party an look at reality.negative straight talk

      • straight talk November 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

        Really! this is not about party, tell me what this man did for all the time he was apart of this government. When he can’t did get his way he goes under a rock, and for months nobody don’t hear anything from him unless it is something to do with money and the barbados water authority. So andy g if you think that thee big pretty building in thee pine is something think again cause that is a wast of money just like the acres of ribbon tamarind trees in the bell.

  17. The Wiz November 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    A good place to start would be to “aquifer recharge” using the free rain water that is now flowing into the ocean.

  18. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford November 18, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I bet elections are called before midnight of dec-31 2017

  19. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell November 18, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Serenaders jogging comes to mind cause all of them running down

  20. DA Newsam
    DA Newsam November 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    All of a sudden 🙁

  21. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow November 18, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Claire Battershield ..Errol Barrow once said that bajans have short memories at election cycle.hmmmm

  22. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield November 18, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Clearly it always short.

  23. just observing November 18, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Wait, weh he now come from? I thought he was dead cause we din hearing a peep from him. Elections coming soon fuh sure.
    Anyhow, a day late and a dollar short. We bajans memory improving.

  24. andy g November 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    all wunna gine get supprise.coalition (dlp,blp) government with a third party as opposition. the writing is on the wall fuh dese two parties

  25. Michael Rudder
    Michael Rudder November 18, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I love that

  26. Cràseta Williams
    Cràseta Williams November 18, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Keep thee lies coming come wid something else soon one after thee nex

  27. Reginald Taylor
    Reginald Taylor November 18, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    And when all de talk done , duh back in dey laffing at we,who is de idiots den, not dem but we.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 19, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Well vote dem out no matter what bs they telling us

    • Robbie-John Creole
      Robbie-John Creole November 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      If you’re going to do that then you must vote and not stay at hone.

  28. DA Newsam
    DA Newsam November 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    You know all the arrangements gotta be in place before the bell so that the various ancillaries can be in place and done.
    Can’t let nothing fall thru the cracks …:)

  29. Zena Waithe November 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Lay new service corridors/ pipes under new wide sidewalk footpaths . This has to be on the new Barbados development plan , which I am hoping might be in someone’s manifesto .

  30. Zena Waithe November 18, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    etihad airlines had cargo planes here a few weeks running . Does anyone know what their business was in Barbados ?

  31. Rico Seale
    Rico Seale November 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    To damn late with all these tricks lol

  32. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway November 18, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    hope the water infrastructure are done

  33. John Everatt November 18, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Sewage is all over the road in Hastings again tonight. How about stopping this from occuring right now.

  34. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite November 18, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Where all this money coming from? Bajans don’t let these bafoons fool you all with this urgent work now, when they ain’t do a thing other than run this country into the ground and now in the short term want to appear as though they have done so much so they have something to talk about at election time. DONT BE FOOL BY THESE FOOLS.

    • Sue Ward
      Sue Ward November 19, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Borrowed this money from the United Arab Emirates – $50 million

      Another debt to be repaid..

  35. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy November 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    does anyone else see this? or am I the only one? can’t just be me alone … electioneering at its finest

  36. Breadfruit. November 19, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Let all of us fool show all of DEM the broom!

  37. Richard Arjoon
    Richard Arjoon November 19, 2017 at 12:53 am

    He already upgraded it by talking BS

  38. Saga Boy November 19, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Good work Dr.Eswick. You have been working and many new initiatives at BWA. I don’t even need to wish you good luck in the upcoming general elections since there is no one who will beat you.

  39. Charles Atkins
    Charles Atkins November 19, 2017 at 1:41 am

    When I was a youngster an old man told me; born to smell shite, but not to eat it.

  40. John Strutton
    John Strutton November 19, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Not only is the timing of this press statement a blatant piece of electioneering, he has failed to mention the cherry on the turd: the costs of the upgrades will get passed on to the taxpayer because the already inflated taxes and water costs we pay have been siphoned off into the cess pit of ministerial pockets……

  41. Alex Alleyne November 19, 2017 at 5:00 am


  42. Darson November 19, 2017 at 5:39 am

    This is no election gimmick : I was in Independence Square 2013 and that is what he said then. He is doing a great job at replacing the old mains but this is costly and time consuming.I am sure if the money was available he would have done it a long time ago,
    and remember we are blessed with heavy rainfall for the past 3 years and this will slow progress as well as cause more Roads and water mains to be damages ; Just remember the Problems and inconvenience when Project was first done , given the size of the roads and the spider web like layout with alleys .Laynes Cul De Sac… Staff I do not Envy him for his job .

  43. Tony Webster November 19, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Joker. Sorry. Collectively-Irresponsible JOKERS.

  44. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie November 19, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Too much flushing

  45. Wayne Norville
    Wayne Norville November 19, 2017 at 7:39 am

    From a sewage system to puup system

  46. sticks and stones November 19, 2017 at 7:43 am

    good riddance to the South Coast pit toilet

  47. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson November 19, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Heard this BS for a decade from DEMS….LOL…BYE BYE…

  48. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond November 19, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Wouldn’t it be better to do these things before a crisis develops. It’s called planning ahead. Leaders must always have a vision for the future. They do not have the luxury, like other citizens of living in the moment.

  49. 3rdsun November 19, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I would swear the South coast sewage project build in early 2000’s not 1990’s as Minister talking. I sure the Bridgetown one older than that yet not many issues, apart from the occasional smell.

  50. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier November 19, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I remember when the Pitbull was neutered now he’s trying to bark again

  51. Andrew Rocka Hinkson
    Andrew Rocka Hinkson November 19, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Good ! Fix everything and with the same burst of adrenaline, get the hell out !
    Don’t let de door hit yuh where de good lord split yuh……

  52. Robbie-John Creole
    Robbie-John Creole November 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Estwick now crawl out from where? Haven’t heard from him in many months. I thought he might have emigrated. Rather, hoping

  53. Robbie-John Creole
    Robbie-John Creole November 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Here’s news for you Mr. Estwick. You don’t have 18 months.

  54. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams November 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Hahaha! Hahah!

  55. Troy P Hoyte
    Troy P Hoyte November 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Wait, who went to the lowest bidder and create chaos on the South Coast?

  56. Jus me November 19, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Dear Minister.
    Allow me to draw your attention to your mistake.
    You noticed, sewage issues surfaced.
    Sir, it was LARGE TURDS which surfaced,albeit prettily wrapped seasonally.After all it is nearly Christmas.

    Forgive my misgivings but you in charge of recycling and recharging our aquifers, does not instill in me the vaguest confidence to partake in the resulting or maybe
    revolting, brew.
    Now bull sh*t i feel confident you have mastered, but reconstituted PI*S, sorry you done have my vote.
    So please make a note of the difference of problems and Large TURDS

  57. Ossie Moore November 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    So here it is ! You Mighty craftsmen of your faite! You are all Barbadian. You are all surposed to be educated, so what’s your recomendations? Do you think that a political party changes things or the integrity and innovation of the masses ? Under a party change recomendations for change agreements must be looked at and if they are mandated then it’s guarenteed by public law to be initiated unless repealed! Party changes require public cost for publishing and printing documentation and letter heading, decor and furniture updates and the list goes on.


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