Serious mess

Sewage problem proving to be too much for local experts to resolve

A year ago Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and Minister of Health John Boyce were seen diving right into the waters at Worthings Beach, in full view of the media, in a move designed to reassure Barbadians and tourists alike that at no time was the beach threatened by sewage.

However, today, there were no such PR stunts, only solemn assurances from the two Cabinet ministers as they joined with Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick in acknowledging the enormity of the sewage problem that is currently before the Freundel Stuart administration.

In a brief comment to Barbados TODAY on his way into Parliament this morning, Sealy also sought to assure affected residents, business operators and visitors to the island’s south coast that the situation was being actively addressed.

“The [Barbados] Water Authority has assured me they are actively putting measures in place, getting the right advice to have it dealt with. Obviously it is a problem, a serious problem and it is being actively addressed. That is what I understand,” Sealy said of the BWA, the state waterworks company.

His comments came against the backdrop of the latest annoying sewage rupture that occurred overnight, throwing residents in particular into a tailspin as they appeared to be put off by the awful stench and sight of raw sewage flowing freely onto the streets.

Cognizant of the problem, Boyce, the Member of Parliament for the area, also assured that “all of us are putting our heads together along with the team from the Barbados Water Authority to make sure that we resolve the matter”.

He explained that while technical teams for the BWA were feverishly working to close the latest breach, his ministry was actively monitoring the situation with a view to making sure that “any danger spots are identified and we keep people away from those areas until they are properly cleaned up and secured”.

John Boyce, Dr David Estwick and Richard Sealy

While giving a more detailed explanation of the problem and the steps that were being taken, Estwick, whose ministry is charged with coming up with a workable solution, revealed that not only had the matter been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister, but that he would also be seeking the approval of the full Cabinet for the construction of a brand new ultramodern sewage plant to replace the current aged system.

However, he acknowledged that this could prove costly.

“I have raised the matter with the Prime Minister and we are looking to see how the IDB [Inter-American Development Bank] could assist us.

“In the interim we are looking to see how one or two expert companies out of the United States, one in particular Illinois in California [could help us]. We are also looking at a company out of Trinidad with some expertise in the particular area,” ,” Estwick said before mounting the stairs of Parliament to take part in the day’s debate.

He also acknowledged that the matter was proving too challenging for Manager of Waste Water Department Patricia Inniss and her technical staff at the BWA to resolve on their own.

“The question is what is causing the obstruction? Is it broken down concrete that is falling into the system? That is what we don’t know, so you need special technology to be able to go into a sewage operation and to be able to determine what the actual areas of breaches and obstructions are and then how we can go about managing that type of arrangement,” Estwick said.

“My personal opinion is . . . we need to build a proper plant, a modern plant that will be able to manage the capacities that we have presently and then the capacities coming on line,” he added, while pointing out that a number of new hotel developments, including one by Sandals, were currently going up on the south coast.

Estwick also pointed out that “significant” development had occurred in the area since the 1990s when the current sewage plant was constructed. Since then, the distribution network has deteriorated somewhat and the support structures have failed, resulting in multiple breaches, he said.

“So that is the challenge that we have and I sympathize with those persons who are affected,” Estwick said, while promising that “I am going to do everything that I can to rectify the problem and move aggressively to ask the Cabinet to let us get on with the construction of a new facility”.

90 Responses to Serious mess

  1. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury December 5, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    They should try swimming in the sewerage this time . Stupesss. That could have been dealt with a long time ago but NOPE 2 of dem in the damn sea talking foolishness

    • Peppa December 5, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Hit the nail on the head

    • Don Keyote December 6, 2017 at 6:33 am

      The south coast residents must stop defecating for a few months to give the system a chance to catch up. Ministers Boyce, Estwick and Sealy, however, by the size of their mid-sections, have clearly demonstrated that this method of handling excess spit does not work. You still have to deal with the backup.

    • hcalndre December 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Kelly you think it would affect the 3 of them? they may have an effect on the sewage.

  2. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf December 5, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    “He also acknowledged that the matter was proving too challenging for Manager of Waste Water Department Patricia Inniss and her technical staff at the BWA to resolve on their own” and yet they collect a salary….

    • John Everatt December 6, 2017 at 1:21 am

      Yes, I thought this is what they were paid for. After all many of them have titles like “doctor” in front of their names.

      • hcalndre December 6, 2017 at 2:35 am

        John Everatt; don`t be fooled by that “doctor” thing that you would believe that you could go and least get a band-aid, how has that “doctor” been able to be stuck to him is very misleading in first place to me.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 6, 2017 at 5:41 am

      That woman was on radio call in program spouting off. Crap no pun intended. Clueless!!

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield December 6, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Issue ,what issue ? The idiot that swam in the water and move the flag should take off his shoes and wade in the street. Idiot ! Everytime some one says something they react as though it is political.

    • Sonia Seale
      Sonia Seale December 6, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Gillian Skeete and Joy-Ann Haig saw that she was drowning in it and came on and tried to rescue her.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 6, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Sonia Seale true first time I had heard Joann really stand up to nonsense it was great to hear her. The so called manager did know anything at all and should go work somewhere else.

    • Steve L. Jemmott
      Steve L. Jemmott December 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

      I just knew they at BWA were dancing around this issue with no clue as what to do.

    • Steve L. Jemmott
      Steve L. Jemmott December 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

      So we have no local expertise in the engineering field to handle this ?. Sewage systems are not rocket science. Our problem is “capacity flow” , You cannot have a system that flushes over 200 toilets and other systems simultaneously down a 12″ tube without choking the system .

      • Reg December 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm

        Steve, I have had my share of grief with sewage problems both on a personal and professional level and I agree with your comments, the only thing to add is lack of maintenance. As far as the,” engineering expertise” is concerned, if it was available the problem would have been fixed.

  3. Kevin December 5, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    OK, the original plant was not built to handle rain water run-off. but something must be done now. It is already out of hand.

  4. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell December 6, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Seems like a good time for these 3 to don bath trunks and take another dip

  5. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke December 6, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Why not be proactive? Why wait until it is completely broken to seek a fix? Failure to plan on your part should not have constituted an emergency on ours.

    • Shara G.
      Shara G. December 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

      I also thought that funding from IDB was dependent upon us going to the IMF due to our abysmal credit rating? If IDB fails, then what? China?

  6. Buun December 6, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Actively working to close the latest breach? Sounds like the kmowy what the problem is this time, right? Well , let us wait and see if this latest breach solves the problem. It should right?

  7. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley December 6, 2017 at 1:05 am

    A monkey would make a better tourism minister than Sealy

  8. John Everatt December 6, 2017 at 1:19 am

    This is comforting news. The minister is telling us that matter has been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister. Well if it takes the cabinet to let the prime minister know about this then the prime minister must be living under a rock.

    • hcalndre December 6, 2017 at 2:47 am

      This is quite a few years that I was asking a friend how do an area where visitors and restaurants are could smell so horrible and nothing is being done, no government minister passes that area?

    • harry turnover December 6, 2017 at 6:53 am

      The PM will of course say that it had not been brought to his attention, and therefore he could not act on it before but now that it has been brought to his attention he is going to talk to the relevant authorities and that things will be rectified before Xmas.
      In other words he will give you TALK FOR THE OCCASION and those DEM YARD FOWLS and PALING COCKS gine skin da teet like chesire cats give themselves pats on da back along wid some high fives and tell one another now that the PM has been informed the problem WILL be solved in no time.
      Meanwhile in my area,garbage has not been collected since last week as one Denis Lowe continues to lose sleep over Mias’ legal certificate as though it would take Legal Certificates to elect the BEES.

  9. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 6, 2017 at 2:11 am

    where is u all towels now? u all should be still laughing now like last year…all wanna got is a big heads & guts……keep playing..i see law suits coming

  10. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 6, 2017 at 2:14 am

    nothing in bim will get fix under dem…dem spend all the time teefin the taxpayers dough

  11. Baba Yaga
    Baba Yaga December 6, 2017 at 2:50 am

    These politicians won’t get the mercy of God and their children and their offspring gonna suffer.

  12. MARIA Holder December 6, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Are they no statesmen in Barbados? You should all resign but your arrogance tell you that if you can’t do it no one else can. Patricia Inniss’ political connections is why she was put in place – all to no avail. She should also resign and the Halliday ‘saviour’ should go as well.

  13. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 6, 2017 at 4:26 am


  14. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards December 6, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Get rid of them all simple too challenging ha ha ha tickle me some more please with this sweet sound of political nonsense well after all it is in worthing the tourist destination spot so they have to patch cover the behinds for a while dimple change the pipes it won’t surprise me it’s the same spot they fix before mtw lol

  15. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards December 6, 2017 at 5:01 am

    It has nothing to do with dlp or blp it’s total greed

  16. Sophia Foster
    Sophia Foster December 6, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Blp really know how to pay people to talk i hope when bell ring wanna waste all the money on this new money mouth policy

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 6, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Do you live in that area? Or maybe you like that smell of sewage? Get real

    • Abeda Adam
      Abeda Adam December 6, 2017 at 6:11 am

      How this got anything at all to do with the BLP.. If you don’t want to highlight the DEMS incompetence.. stay off Facebook

    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall December 6, 2017 at 6:11 am

      Sophia Foster cut out the party politics and get real, I have to buy water to drink and still pay sewage on my water bill.
      You have a right to support your party but when you making senseless comments it’s sad.

    • Danny Clarke
      Danny Clarke December 6, 2017 at 6:13 am

      So the hundreds of pictures of overflowing sewage are fake ? Ppl being “paid” to talk the truth ? As for you Mr Joseph to think you worked in tourism and know how damaging this is to the sector not to mention the obvious health issues and yet you support the rubbish this lady came with . And to go one step further and mention you have a property that rents to mostly tourist . How would you feel if no one wanted to stay there because of raw sewage around it . Would you then wave it off as political ? One thing to support a party . Another when you are so blind that you put down the well being of your own ppl and island in support of dem. Hope you know none of Dem don’t live in the area .

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 6, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Danny Clarke the person is either blind stupid or an idiot

    • Danny Clarke
      Danny Clarke December 6, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Agreed Gillian . I seen it numerous times with my own eyes . Stool , paper you name it on the street and yet someone could be so blind in their party faith that they accuse the BLP of paying ppl to talk about it . Free education appears to have been wasted in this case unfortunately

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 6, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Danny Clarke so true Danny so true. It was also wasted on this government too

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

      This Sophia Foster sounds like just another useless DLP yardfowl,what does this got to do with BLP this government has been in power for 9 years it’s they problem.

    • harry turnover December 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Sophia ..look go and WIPE YA RH MOUT AND FLUSH IT…someone preferably another DEM yard fowl or PALING COCK should tell you hush ya mout ..the SH8 is there for every body to see..go up dey and see for ya self.
      ……and the DLP in paying you to talk SH8 too ? ya FIDIOT.

    • harry turnover December 6, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Sophia …ya ASS…because the topic is about SEWAGE ya don’t have to talk SH8.

    • Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
      Mhizzeyejoyful Reece December 6, 2017 at 7:37 am

      After 9 years the blame came still happening stupse,look take several seats do and look around this country

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 6, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Broken record for sure and it is not working lol

  17. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 6, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Sophia Foster what part of a problem as serious as overflowing sewage could be politic.
    The whole south coast smells bad and the sewage is visible.
    These pumps was down for over 3-4yrs why waste 7 millions on Independence and facing a serious health problem.
    This is not politricks this is real.

    • Marsha Padmore
      Marsha Padmore December 6, 2017 at 7:45 am

      madness if ya ask me

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith December 6, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Sheldine I asked the same question in another post, what does politics have to do with the serious health risk, that is happening on the South Coast.
      This is neither B nor D its everyone’s problem, think about the health risk, to both locals a tourist alike.
      Stop with the stupid ass politics and find solutions.

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 6, 2017 at 9:08 am


    • John Everatt December 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      We’ll see if they end up saying there is no money to fix it but they have squandered millions on not only feel good fetes like 50th but new headquarters for BWA which is half empty and the like.

  18. Danny Clarke
    Danny Clarke December 6, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Sophia Foster is the definition of a blind clueless party based person who can’t think for herself . Have you visited the area to see and smell what other have to deal with daily ? Do you own a business in the area that’s losing money ? A problem right in the heart of the tourist season on the tourist belt that has visitors wanting to be relocated . What about the residents that can’t even walk around their property without rubber boots . You don’t need to join Sealy n friends and go swimming in s##t . You already full of it

  19. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete December 6, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Well said!

  20. Lennox hewitt December 6, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Sophia no one pay no one to talk all those people that talking n comment talking with sence not like u there pay me to talk 2 ? Those people vote n pay taxes so long u vote u got rights to argue a man learn me that blp pay people what .

  21. Alicia G. Burton
    Alicia G. Burton December 6, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Sewage FALLS, lmao

  22. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 6, 2017 at 6:22 am

    The company that build the plant should fixed it. Because it looks like a poor job. I think that the amount of businesses in that area the plant didn’t designed to carry that amount of wrste.

  23. Tony Webster December 6, 2017 at 6:26 am

    If Trump can move his Israel embassy…surely our Big-Brain guys cud move their HQ from George street…to Grahame Hall? It would only be a “temporary” inconvenience…yes?

    Absolutely… jokers.

  24. Andrew Simpson
    Andrew Simpson December 6, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Blame it on the rain.

  25. chris hill December 6, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Sophia Foster, we the residents have been dealing with this for the last year. no one blew up the sewage pipeline to make the dip look bad, no one is planting fake news. the fact is te DLP dropped the ball while partying, getting fat and now asking for a new plant, all the plant needs is new pumps and a pipeline fix. are you getting some of them sweets, NO you are not. CALL THE ELECTION.

    • Just Saying December 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      i totally agree. i worked on the system back then. all it wanted was good maintenance . A new plant is ridiculous .

  26. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 6, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Circus clowns still talking this problem should have been dealt with after the first leak not stupid photo ops this just highlights how backwards the clowns running Barbados are.

  27. Tappin Linda
    Tappin Linda December 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I passed there night before the smell was awful.
    Yesterday with the rain from Hastings to Worthing was flooded with sewage. Tourist were walking through it. To top it off you could not see the pot holes through the mess , so more caution was needed. What an embarrassment this has become. I can’t believe this is the beautiful island it once was. Ruined !!

  28. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 6, 2017 at 7:15 am

    People have to careful when eating in some places on the south coast. The next thing that is going to happen if they ain’t be careful they can have an out break of cholera.

  29. SamPillie December 6, 2017 at 7:34 am

    For 2 years no solution, and now thinking of bringing in experts at an unknown cost.
    I say Fire Ms. Inniss and her entire department and start from scratch.
    My take on this is that (1) there is no Preventative Maintenance to maintain this plant. and (2) when you have a challenge like this which cannot be solved in-house, the first people you call is the people who built the plant.
    The entire staff including the Minister are not trouble-shooters and do not understand that Preventative Maintenance is important. With PM in place you see things going wrong before they fail like this.
    A temporary solution is to by-pass the blocked area even if those by-pass pipes has to be laid on the side walk, it would be better than having raw sewerage flowing in the streets.

  30. Yvonne Edwards-Applewhaite
    Yvonne Edwards-Applewhaite December 6, 2017 at 8:19 am
  31. John Montreuil
    John Montreuil December 6, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I think I will delay my vacation until this mess is fixed

  32. luther thorne December 6, 2017 at 9:35 am

    The Sewage situation on the south sums up the sorry tenure of the last 10 years, 2008 – 2018 . TEN years of ‘stink’
    It encapsulates the situation superbly.
    Bare Sewage Has Invaded Town Entirely !

  33. A.Croft December 6, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This sewage situation at Rendezvous has gone on for weeks you never see any BWA or anyone else looking at the problem.A really good situation for residents and tourists to see and the post office closed due to the smell,how long before other utilities close also.

  34. mervin Kellman December 6, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Someone at the BWA needs to be fired pronto. My understanding is that, inter alia, specific manholes were sealed in order to bring about temporarily fix to the problem. This approach apparently did not work. In fact it appears to have caused the system to backup even more. These are not times for experiment, particularly those led by political appointees who are clearly not trained in the area of waste water disposal management That trio of Ministers have been very slow to wrap their heads around what is at stake here. We already know that the Prime Minister is always tardy when it comes to urgent matters of state.

  35. gsmiley December 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Sonia Seale. Joyann Haigh rescued somebody????

    Well that has to be the joke of the century… bwahahaha

  36. Greengiant December 6, 2017 at 10:06 am

    It’s less costly to replace the blocked pipes, address the mechanical issues with the old lift stations, also adding a few more to reduce the workload on the existing lift / substations than to build a new treatment plant at this time.

    I have constantly questioned the experts regarding this situation and will continue to do so.

  37. Tina O
    Tina O'Connor December 6, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Reactive management as usual, instead of proactive.

  38. Nathaniel Samuels December 6, 2017 at 10:16 am

    In most countries, businesses in the area would HAVE to be closed. We need to seriously address the problem of the south coast and its sewage problem. This is not a DLP or BLP problem but this is happening under the DLP watch so they need to deal with it.
    A health hazard that is and could have a serious effect on our bread and butter industry, tourism.

  39. Otis Skeete
    Otis Skeete December 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Dem probly does go in d hot pot together too

  40. Mervyn Hope
    Mervyn Hope December 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Waiting for a solution from Jester and Kelly!

  41. jrsmith December 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Total failure of our politicians over the last 4 decades , to update and upgrade the total infrastructure of Barbados ……

  42. milli watt December 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    LOOK THE THREE A YOU CONTINUE TO DO WHAT YOU DO BEST…….talk. This is no time to get serious about the problems and solutions to solve them. Just keep quiet and let it FLOW BABY FLOW

  43. Dog fleas December 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    To fix the issue all they need to do is move Nelson!

  44. Mackar December 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I think they are handing out Christmas bonuses at the Water Authority this week. Only in Barbados. You don’t have to perform to be awarded. polaticians and their friends running the place.??????????????????

  45. Helicopter(8P) December 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Well fellas this is not the old days of “World News Tonight” or CNN it’s the days of finger poping “TEXTING”; E- Mailing ; and Twitter. Instant images are transmitted around the world in 2.5 seconds if that long. Now let me say to the Chief town planner and his staff and I personally stand my ground on this one fellas. You have sat enjoyed a somewhat hansome salary for years and have let down the citizens of Barbados for brain stalling on your business duties for over a decade. Now can I be happy with your performance? Well if so! I need a kick from a Clidesdale in my hindquarters. You have made our tourist industry into a septic mess. I have no national pride for your inputs. You have failed the Nation and its’ people. You have drawn salary after salary with out making adiquate recomendations to the up-grade of an out of date defunked system. Can I call the bunch of you lazy, unqualified, deceptive or all of the above. You can hate me for life. I don’t care! I’ve called a spade a spade! You would have be written up in my past organization on your personnel data sheet as ” Failure to comply”!! Undesirable!! Do not blame the administrations! You are employed to inform them of potential hazards and infrastructure enhancements. This one is a bull’s eye impression.

    • John Everatt December 6, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      I agree totally. These clowns are drawing big salaries from our tax dollars and doing nothing in return. The entire island should be livid.

  46. Ossie Moore December 6, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Lordi Havest Mercy!! I glad e’nuff that I does believe in stake manure from de animals fuh muh kitchen garden ’cause human manure does nock yuh out wosses than de pig one at least de pig one dus turn to uria and then ammonia!

  47. Jus me December 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    dis heah problem.already solve by we PM.Massah Sleepy
    He ent guh dere. En mind nah Body.

    What de de eye ent see de heart ent grieve ovah.

    Touristies tek.note!!

  48. colleta December 6, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    If the waste water supposed to flow thorough the pipe, how come all this muck can flow from the man holes. Maybe the pipes were biodegradable.

  49. colleta December 6, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    The slightest down pour of rain and we got problems, sewage problems. The lack of proper maintenance created this problem. The people raking in the big bucks don’t wish to spend money to fix the equipment or the rolling stock. Buy new vehicles shut down a workshop and sent the vehicle to be maintain by a high end garage.


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