Tourists raise a stink over sewage problem

Government could be forced into a catch-22 situation with the recurring sewage problem on the south coast.

Even as the authorities attempt to quell any possible panic, tourist are beginning to demand that signs be planted in affected areas warning unsuspecting pedestrians of the effluent flowing onto the streets.

United Kingdom visitor Steven Greene was among those today who complained that he had no clue that the water flowing near Lantern Mall in Hastings, Christ Church contained raw sewage.

The visibly upset Greene, who has been here for nine days, told Barbados TODAY tourists should have prior knowledge about the problem.

Steven Greene

“We should get alerted . . . because I did not know that. But then I would not stand in it, I would try not to. That lady just crossed the road and it was that deep,” he said.

Greene was referring to a woman who had rolled up her trousers in order to navigate across from the mall to the bus stop opposite KFC in Hastings.

Like the woman, he too had walked through the water only to be alerted that it was a health hazard.

Another visitor, Natasha Townsend, who has been in Barbados for one day, was surprised to find out that it was not rain water running along the street.

“I am actually surprised to hear that this is sewage water. Being so close to the beach I would think that it was just rain water as it was recently raining. I am very concerned now as I easily could have come off the beach and cross the road. If I hadn’t been alerted it was sewage water I would not have known,” she said.

Natasha Townsend

“If I hadn’t known I could have been affected and could have gone back home sick . . . . And I think there should be some signs. It is such a beautiful place and I would not have expected to come across sewage water,” Townsend said.

If this recurring sewage problem were to affect tourism, it would deal a severe blow to the already struggling economy, which is counting on the sector to help drag it back from the brink.

However, the authorities would likely be concerned about the possible negative impact such signs could have.

Meanwhile, Richie Quintyne and Stuart Davis, the owners of Issa Lime and Express Bikini have called on Government to do more to assist local businesses that are being affected by the ongoing sewage problem, which they said was discouraging costumers from patronizing their business.

“Every time the rain falls this area is flooded, so it stops people from walking along the street. It clearly stinks so obviously people are going to seem less likely to come to our business, especially on days that it has rained a lot there are people who try to tip across the street and stuff. So, it is [not] doing well for business, especially ours,” Quintyne said.

Still, the local business owner said he continued to promote his company despite the stench.

“We still will maintain our marketing but at the same time the Government needs to step their game up a bit because it is still unhealthy as you can see. So, if you have tourists walking along this road, locals and different people who may have a cut or something underneath their foot then they may have to go to the hospital because the Government is not doing their part,” Quintyne stressed.

71 Responses to Tourists raise a stink over sewage problem

  1. Peppa December 5, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Maybe SOMEBODY will try to fix this now? This is incredibly insane!

    • John Everatt December 6, 2017 at 1:10 am

      It hasn’t been fixed in going on 2 years now. It is unlikely to be fixed anytime soon. It really is a shame as tourism is our main source of revenue.

  2. Dave jones December 5, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    How long will this take again this season

  3. Buun December 6, 2017 at 12:20 am

    They do not care about us!

  4. Leroy December 6, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Borrow $ to build a spanking new headquarters but none for dump trucks or upgrading sewage.

    30 mil for maloney to build towers but none to improve the port for cruise passengers

    Typical government business

    • Jennifer December 6, 2017 at 4:57 am

      Like most black people, this government too, clearly got the country’s priorities wrong.

      • Leroy December 6, 2017 at 10:31 am

        “Like most black people” – mixed priorities aint exclusive to black people but we surely seem intent on owning it.

        Correct, and the gall of these politicians when they get on a political platform or in the house and try to put all the blame on the blp admin and shout to the top of their voices how great the dlp have been to bajans ect,, we the public should take a deep breath and smell the stench spewing from their mouths to be much worse than drains on south coast.

  5. hcalndre December 6, 2017 at 3:03 am

    One business person says that he still promotes his company, I would like to see his advertisement. “It Stinks but it`s Nice Here.”

  6. Frances Flee Notton Gailey-White
    Frances Flee Notton Gailey-White December 6, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Honestly…vote this government OUT!!

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd December 6, 2017 at 4:42 am


    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith December 6, 2017 at 7:26 am

      And is that going to fix the sewerage problem?
      What I will say is, the government have been fooling around with this issue for a very long time, it is time that experts be brought in, because it seems like no one here can find the problem or even fix the issue, I also know that tourism is our business, but what about the workers and the residents in that area, have you all forgotten them.
      Right now this is not a political problem it is a health problem, so stop bringing your yardfowlism into it, the people’s health is at stake.

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith December 6, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Did I say it is not a government problem, it is obvious whichever government is in have to deal with the issue, I asked what does politics have to do with it, this is a serious health risk, that have been going on for to long, that need to be given top priority, my question is what does politics have to do with it.

  7. MARIA Holder December 6, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Passed there yesterday – unbelievable. How many times does someone have to fail in Barbados before they are fired or before they have enough decency to resign – just asking?

  8. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams December 6, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Unbelievable!! In the tourist belt??

  9. Diane December 6, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Someone is going to get seriously ill ,then maybe a tourist or local will sue the government.
    There are excellent lawyers in barbados and tourists who are before this comes to that the government should act as a duty of care to all

  10. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams December 6, 2017 at 4:53 am

    I sympathize with anyone in living or staying in this area…….

    • Danny Clarke
      Danny Clarke December 6, 2017 at 5:16 am

      Happened to pass there on Saturday . Even with the AC on well in advance knowing what was in store you could still smell it strong. I really do feel for those workers and businesses , local / visitors etc that have to bear it every day .

    • Keera Harding
      Keera Harding December 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Government is letting off the real issue there ur jus seeing part of what they showing u. I see this everyday. Everyday and it’s getting worse. This problem was never fix

  11. Santini More
    Santini More December 6, 2017 at 5:26 am

    “Tourism is we ting” and if we are not careful then cholera could become we ting too!

  12. Alex Alleyne December 6, 2017 at 5:38 am

    When the “Tourists” speaks, the Minister/Government will JUMP. To hell with the locals who been complaining for quite sometime.

  13. Abeda Adam
    Abeda Adam December 6, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Where is the Tourism Minister with towel in hand?

    • Fay December 6, 2017 at 7:43 am
  14. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams December 6, 2017 at 5:51 am

    1854….. Approximately a quarter of our population died from cholera! People were buried alive, entire families were lost…….. To the powers that be, stop grand standing and do something before we have to live a nightmare! Along with the health of all Barbadians, this time we have our main industry to look after! The QEH cannot deal with any more strain, especially a deadly one! This is a recipe for disaster. To think that we avoided so-called “Acts of God” this hurricane season to walk into a completely man made one…… Totally preventable!

  15. Maureen Rose Tull
    Maureen Rose Tull December 6, 2017 at 5:56 am

    I was in Bim 1 year ago and this was occurring then,OK bad for tourists but what about residents and businesses who’ve been enduring this for a year plus ?? This is why I haven’t come back this year cos I always stay in Worthing/Hastings.

    • ABajan December 6, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Sorry you had to endure it Ms Tull but we locals have it as you so said, much worst. Maybe you would consider a different area (St Lawrence Gap and Maxwell have many properties to stay) sometime in the future, its not the locals fault per say but an incompetent public service and Gov.

  16. Frances Flee Notton Gailey-White
    Frances Flee Notton Gailey-White December 6, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Too bloody shortsighted…this government is killing Bim; please peoples vote them out…

  17. Lennox hewitt December 6, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Well the 2 of dem were swimming last year up there i hey wondering if there going bsck this weekend plus there got 2 more to go with so the 4 of u all looking to see wunna up there swimming .

  18. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis December 6, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Why not have the sewage drawn off before or as it escapes? We have trucks that can do that.

  19. John Guy December 6, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Tired having to drive my car through &hit.
    Signage causing national disgrace is the least of our worries. That mess poses an imminent health risk to persons and they have a right to be privy to communication of the risk so that they avoid walking through the &hit. God forbid it entering the water distribution network. It gine be hell. Any slight compromise to the integrity of pipelines means this contaminated water can enter the system. Stop trying to hide the problem. In 2017 that should never be occuring in Bim. Fix it fast. #Priority#1

  20. SamPillie December 6, 2017 at 6:51 am

    This is really sickening to know that this was going on for so long and the responsible Minister did not even say a word or fired those responsible. They found excuse
    after excuse and still the challenge is still there. It was DIFFUSERS NEED CLEANING, PUMPS NEED REPLACING, A BLOCKAGE and lots more. Too much money being spent with little or no results. FIRE THEM ALL.
    I am now sure that those responsible don’t know what they are doing. If you have a blockage, bypass the blocked area even if the bypass pipes are laid on the sidewalk. It would be better than having the raw sewerage flowing in the streets.
    My take on this is that they are not telling the truth about this challenge because a temporary solution is not that hard to put in place.
    However, it’s now time to FIRE those in charge before the medical bill for those it made sick is higher than the repair cost.
    I am willing to help, after all this is my homeland.

  21. bradg December 6, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Absolutely shameful!!! But this is how governments operate, they build things and forget about maintenance. Now residents and tourists to the island must endure all this Sh@it!
    They are trying to fix it, but most people have no confidence that the fixers know what they are doing…the stench is horrible!!

  22. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 6, 2017 at 7:01 am

    This is not the first time this sewerage leak has occurred but government via politicians try to brush it off and down play it in true Bajan style hoping it would just go away.Now it’s back lets see how these clown aka politicians gine deal with it,outside help gine have to be bought in so they could as well get moving on that because the idiots here don’t seem to have a clue how to fix this smelly problem.Maybe now tourist really finding out what’s really going on and stop coming it might get fix because the locals ain’t no priority when it comes to fixing this sewrage leak.

  23. charjoy December 6, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Just now we will have a cholera outbreak bout hey… it.

  24. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke December 6, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Where there is no vision ,the people living in stinky mess.

  25. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 6, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Get DEM out

  26. Fay December 6, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Unfortunately Bim is literally turning to effluent before our eyes – sewage flowing on our roads, pot holes and deteriorated roads island wide, overgrown bush & litter alongside roads everywhere, garbage piled up outside our homes and we’re lucky if it’s collected every 2 to 3 weeks, on going water shut offs, poorly executed contracts for sales & not following own processes for planning approvals for developments and ending up in court…the list could go on and on. I hope we have a change of management soon.

  27. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow December 6, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Very bad for business…

  28. Committed Bajan December 6, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I can’t believe that we have a UWI educating engineers and we offer scholarships every year and no one can figure out how to fix this problem.
    New York City is much much larger than Barbados, does this happen there?

  29. Gerald Matthews
    Gerald Matthews December 6, 2017 at 8:34 am

    People pay thousand of dollars to vacation here just to smell our crap,.. just wonderful… Good Job…

  30. Alex Alleyne December 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I though the SSA workers call off the strike, 3 weeks now I have not seen a truck my side of town.

  31. luther thorne December 6, 2017 at 9:04 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

  32. Chris Wright December 6, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Why don’t the BIG MOUTHS that keep talking about removing Nelson’s statue put their heads and minds into solving this stink problem?

  33. luther thorne December 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Sewage Has Invaded Town Entirely

  34. luther thorne December 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

    What an analogy !
    Nelson Statue and (Sewage) Has Invaded Town Entirely
    Come to the top of the class Chris Wright. As a matter of fact take over the class. You manage a great feat. Careful though ! Your slip is showing and it is not compatible

  35. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade December 6, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Look i feel sorry for the people look i think they should bring some one from uk or usa or canada that can fix this the one we have in this country dont know how to fix it trust me this could not happen in uk no way

  36. Lee December 6, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Cartoon caption: If we could only get folks on the South Coast to stop flushing for a few weeks and then have Minister Sealy photographed leading a DLP Sunday dip !!

  37. MArk Anthony
    MArk Anthony December 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

    As the number of visitors to our island increases so will the amount of sht. All I can say about this is what is done in the dark shall come shte

  38. Elridge Dixon
    Elridge Dixon December 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

    ” If the head is bad, the body cannot be good.” Old Bajan saying.

  39. Les Carr
    Les Carr December 6, 2017 at 10:37 am

    It’s ridiculous ad unhealthy All resturants in those areas shouid have been closed long ago. What standards are we offering to ourselves and others?

  40. Leroy December 6, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Is it a situation where salt sea water have corroded the system and no one has spoken about if the matter is compounded by high tide.

    How much $ does it cost for a liquid waste septic truck to fill up?

    Cant we have some trucks pump the excess and take to other water treatment in btown?

    I prefer to upgrade this plant(and not necessarily a new plant) and why not recycle the water for agricultural use?

  41. Concerned Man December 6, 2017 at 10:43 am


  42. Crystalene Alexander
    Crystalene Alexander December 6, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Well!!!….since it’s the tourist raising a stink Im sure it will be dealt with just now.

  43. Pat Edwards
    Pat Edwards December 6, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I would like to be able to read a news article and comments if so desired without seeing obscene language and expletives. BARBADOS TODAY needs a filter to block these profanities…say what you have to say without the cuss words… and please dont tell me If I dont want to see them then get off FB or dont read the news….if you were on a call in program would you call and leggo dem bad words…

    • hcalndre December 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      @Pat Edwards; I can`t speak of cuss words, I mostly see abbreviations, do you mean that the smell of the sewage can be use as cuss words.

  44. Greengiant December 6, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Sewerage issues, with spills in the street is a thing that happens. The BWA has managed the issue badly. The sewerage plants ( and I say plants) were designed for a particular capacity, they have both outgrown that capacity and that’s a major part of the problem. Town and country planning has a major responsibility in this issue, because they and the environmental department must keep a cap on physical development within the sewerage capacity.

    There is a micro blockage, causing an overflow for weeks in Bridgetown, right outside the mall south of the BTI carpark on Harbour road for the last month. No mention of that by citizens, or workers in that building, because as Barbadians we like major issues.

    Our civil servants, who allow senior government officials, and private sector entities to bribe, manipulate, or bully them in their efforts to represent the people of this country are at fault for the breakdown, malfunctions, and inefficiencies within our sectors’ operations and equipment.

    This is the reason why we need the ISO management practices and procedures adopted within the public sector, and the very reason why the very vocal Owen Arthur, and in many cases the silent critics will oppose all that is recommended by Solutions Barbados. However, all Barbados should remember the alleged happenings during his leadership years, and associate those same happenings with his support of the UPP and Ms. Eastmond.

  45. Ann Szebenyi
    Ann Szebenyi December 6, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Oh no, not again….Needless to say I am sharing this..

  46. gsmiley December 6, 2017 at 11:49 am

    When I saw the headline I would have sworn I would have seen the accounts of about at least 35 tourists or even more.

    Lo and behold two single tourists.

    Talk about sensationalism.

    (I agree that the problem needs to be fixed urgently though.
    No one should be expected to walk through sewerage in ones daily commute on a public road.)

    • hcalndre December 6, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      @gsmiley; how many people do you think that those represented, the PM and the politicians would think like you and say that only 2 visitors were troubled by the sewage water and the smell.

  47. gsmiley December 6, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Not this time Abeda. Not fuh sh*#te.

  48. milli watt December 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I am not seeing the solids to put the cherry on top…..need to get the solids out there team Barbados. I know we can do $#it. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  49. Anna December 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Look this is a health hazzard period. Instead of paying money to knock down a damm statue, put the money into fixing the sewerage problem.OMG!!!!!

  50. gsmiley December 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    @hcaindre I was really directing my comment at BT. It’s how news people go about their business. They create these sensational headlines to generate interest. And then its just alot of hype.

    I support the BLP so there is no ‘like me’.

    But I can understand your misunderstanding my statement.

  51. Helicopter(8P) December 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Totally embarrassing!! The talk of the town!! Instagrams and the lot!! David I know how you feel your old boyhood barbers feel the same! Town planners have direlected their duty for far too long! Do we still get overnight Flight crews from international airlines resting on at some of those South coast properties? This cam cause a flight safety hazard to exists known as a NOTAM!

  52. Steve Peel December 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    We have also see it by Massey’s in Worthing I for one as a Tourist will not be coming back this bad news will spread fast and will hurt the people that need the tourist most the local shops and bars it will not hurt the big hotels.Wake Up Barbados you are killing the Golden Goose !

  53. Jus me December 6, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Local business man commented
    We doing ok, all menu items we got well enjoyed.
    Ceptin,”Death by Chocolate”
    ” Turd in the hole”

  54. colleta December 6, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Before the sewage plant, this problem never existed, just a lil high tide would push up the water, with all the technology along came problems.

  55. Loretta Griffith December 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    My limited intelligence tells me a new system is required post haste as modern equipment cannot fix antiquated equipment unless there is total replacement. Even in households you purchase something today and by tomorrow in most cases if there is a problem you cannot take a part from the other and fix the next. It’s usually not compatible.
    Mr M.O.F. release the funds for sewerage equipment, garbage trucks and fixing the roads. There is something name prioritizing. Our health is being compromised. We need action like yesterday.
    Please let us get Barbados back to its once pristine state.

  56. Nathaniel Samuels December 7, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Many years ago, whenever and wherever there was an oil fire, one man in particular, Red Adair would be summoned. He was a specialist and he did not come cheap. The oil companies were willing to pay because they knew that he got the job done.
    Right now we need a ‘sewage’ Red Adair.
    SOS- calling a ‘sewage’ Red Adair. We need you urgently. Money is no problem. Our tourism industry is at stake; our lives are at stake; our businesses are in jeopardy. If we lose those we are indeed dead. We want to live. We will pay top dollar to live.
    So please, Mr. ‘Sewage’ Red Adair, come and save us, we want to live.

  57. Ideliver69 December 7, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This truly stinks on all levels.

    There is a lot of rot in the sewage systems but worse in this administration.

    Only way to repair both is to remove the rot entirely and

  58. Robert December 9, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    There is really not much more to say, those who live there must put up with the smell .Tourists on the other hand do not! There is a health problem and also a perception problem! Is the water at Worthing Beach safe to enter? Does the government actually check the water quality ? I am a tourist who has been visiting Barbados since before Independence! Unfortunately this may be my last year!

  59. H December 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    After reading this blog on raw sewage in the streets my family will now consider cancelling our Barbados vacation. I will be spreading the word. WOW……GET THIS FIXED NOW!!!


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