Another sewage breach reported along the south coast

It was another day of misery for pedestrians and business operators along sections of the south coast, amid what the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) said today was another breach in the network system and a blockage in the sewage lines.

This resulted in overflows of effluent water in the Hastings, Worthing and Rendezvous areas.

The BWA today reported another breach in the network system and a blockage in the sewage lines resulting in effluent flowing into the streets.

Although technical crews were assigned to the troubled spots, several people were still thrown off by the the smelly run off, including Express Bikini store clerk Roshanna Trimm who told Barbados TODAY the situation was simply bad for business.

While pointing out that her place of work was located directly opposite a well on Hastings Main Road,

reported that the recurring sewage stink was negatively impacting on sales.

“This morning, no rain fell, but the sewage is out so once it starts to smell and stuff, people don’t really come,” she told Barbados TODAY, while stressing that the effluent water was a major turn off.

Just two days ago, Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick warned in a Barbados TODAY interview that there could be no quick fix solution to the problem.

In fact, he said,  there would be no permanent relief until a modern treatment plant is built, but could not give a definitive timetable.

However, the owner of Tapas restaurant Alfredo Giovine is demanding that the issue be rectified immediately.

Alfredo Giovine

“Fix It! … I want the street clean,” he said today, while comparing the worsening sewage situation  to a “ticking time bomb” that would eventually explode.

“We are sitting waiting for the bomb to explode,” he told Barbados TODAY, while also suggesting that someone would have to get seriously sick before the authorities understood the magnitude of the current threat.

While complaining that the run off was coming from opposite Lanterns Mall and flowing directly behind his restaurant, Giovine reported that his business had also taken a dive in terms of reservations, as customers were not prepared to put up with the smell.

Stressing that it was about time the BWA found a solution to the problem, the businessman said: “We know already that it is an issue, [but] we should try to resolve it a little bit in advance”.

Meanwhile on Rendezvous Road, pedestrians could be seen making desperate attempts not to be splashed with the putrid water by speeding motorists.

One pedestrian, who requested anonymity, told Barbados TODAY that it was her first time in the area but she was simply taken aback by the horrible smell.

Sara White, who spoke to Barbados TODAY outside the Worthing Post Office, said the foul odour made her sick to her stomach, adding that “somebody better pump it and get rid of it”.

9 Responses to Another sewage breach reported along the south coast

  1. Chari Wallin
    Chari Wallin November 24, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Only a matter of time before you see cholera …. great for tourism

    • Glenda Martin
      Glenda Martin November 24, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Not great for tourism but definitely not good for locals putting up with it every day. However Barbados needs to get it together all round or tourism will drop. Doesn’t take long for the word to spread and people get turned off.

    • Chari Wallin
      Chari Wallin November 24, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Glenda Martin exactly… definitely not good for the locals !!!!!!!

    • John Everatt November 25, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Yep sewage all over the road at Hastings again today. Just went through there [Saturday, pm] and the stench is pretty bad. I am not sure how the restaurants in that area survive. Disgusting.

  2. Jackquelynn Jones November 25, 2017 at 9:04 am

    The lies keep on rolling..this has actually been going on for four years. They have no idea how to fix. What happened to the five year grant they received specifically for South CoastSewage system. Last year they were bringing new pumps. BRING IN PROFESSIONALS AND GET IT FIXED ONCE AND FOR ALL! Your people deserve better than this.

  3. milli watt November 25, 2017 at 10:20 am

    luv it…….place deteriorating every day flies, garbage, rodent disease RAW SEWAGE OHHH GGOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHH I wonder which graduate can’t get that solve. I know I know………one from UWI lololololololol

  4. straight talk November 25, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Miss Alfredo, this problem cannot be solve immediately so you will be you seeing and smelling this for a while and even when david estwick tell the problem is solve don’t believe him .

  5. Mackar November 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    The current head of the water work department. Was also head of the sugar industry, after destroying that industry they assigned him to the water works.

    He is now in the process of destroying the tourist Industry.

    He is a party faithful, don’t expect any thing to be done. We will have to live with it. While the big guy enjoy the perks of his new office and new shiny headquarters. MERRY XMAS !!!!!!!

  6. Reg November 25, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Sewage systems work best when the users abide by some simple rules. Place all your used cooking oil, sanitary napkins and diapers in disposable containers and throw them out with your garbage.
    It is the responsibility of the BWA to maintain the sewage system, checking the pipes with a camera on a regular basis will allow them to see any issues that need to be attended to in a timely fashion. Judging from all the problems with the sewage system I believe it was never maintained properly.


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