BWA: We are sorry

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is apologizing to the management of Chicken Barn for sewage mess on the south coast, which has  forced the local fast food chain to close their branch Worthing over the weekend.

Calling the development “extremely unfortunate” BWA General Manager Keithroy Halliday said he was sorry that his organisation was not able to address the problem before it got to this point. 

“I would like to say not only in respect to Chricken Barn, the residents and businesses in the affected areas but to Barbados on the whole, that regardless of blame and liability we are empathetic and the situation is regrettable. If it has not been said before, the Barbados Water Authority wants to say that we are sorry. We are sorry that we were not able to respond in a better time frame given the realities that we are faced with. Whether justified or not, at the end of the day we appreciate and understand the difficulty that most residents and workers have to undergo on a daily basis,” said Halliday, who was addressing the media during a walkthrough of the problematic south coast sewage treatment plant this afternoon. 

The fast food outlet has been battling the problem of raw sewage flooding that compound for over a year, raising health concerns for both customers and staff, amid promises from the BWA that they were on top of the problem.

The BWA General Manager sought to assure the public that local and outside consultants are currently racking their brains to come with a permanent fix to the problem. He explained that residence would gain some temporary relief in the coming days when the BWA technicians install a bypass system, which would alleviate some of the build-up pressure in the system.

However, Waste Water Manager Patrictia Inniss was less apologetic stating that the offending manhole belonged to Chicken Barn. She further explained that the BWA had already ordered the parts to fix that particular issue suggesting that the management of the restaurant chain may have been a bit quick on the draw.

“We had been speaking with Chicken Barn and the plan was to install a backflow preventer until all of the problems were alleviated. For persons who think we have been doing nothing, we have ordered these items more than two months ago and the last report we received was that they were supposed to be here next week,” she explained

Inniss also argued that the BWA is being unfairly chastised for the mess, as they have kept all of their promises throughout the year in relation to their attempts to stop the flow onto the streets.

“t is very disconcerting when you have persons saying that that water authority does not know what it is doing, that we are repeating the same thing and we are taking too long. This is not a problem that has just occurred; it has started many years ago. The Barbados Water Authority has kept its promises as of the December last year,” said Inniss

72 Responses to BWA: We are sorry

  1. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson December 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    2 years to build a building

    • Nickk Moore
      Nickk Moore December 11, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Yea and forever to build St. John Polyclinic, Sir Llyod Erskine Sandford Centre car park…oh yea don’t forget the St. Leonard’s Boy’s School – that resulted in students being away for extended periods of time

      • Leroy December 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

        Those buildings stalled bc the blp took over.

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson December 11, 2017 at 7:10 am

      What ur talking about?

  2. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson December 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm


    • Nikki Bayley
      Nikki Bayley December 11, 2017 at 5:14 am

      Come on man…you know the new Mercedes for the PM was more important. Madness. “Fiddle while Rome burns”

  3. Mechell Springer
    Mechell Springer December 10, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Only in BIM boy only in BIM. Who reports to Keithroy? why dem only tell he last year that the problem bad. What were they busy with that they did not know? Why de team wait till yesterday to call in consultants? Why oh why….. oh why

  4. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards December 10, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Stop blaming dem and focus on those on top

  5. Saga Boy December 10, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Sorry is not good enough! This is a typical response from employees in the public sector and then the Minister gets blame for your failure. For months people have been complaining. Why did it have to reach this stage? Not good at all. I wonder who was really responsible. Was it not obvious that there was a block of some kind? How long did it take for you to call overseas consultants who probably installed the equipment?

    • Corey Broom December 11, 2017 at 10:18 am

      If resources are to be allocated to solve the problem, and money is involve, who you think has to allocate the fund, that’s right, the govt. If the govt ain’t giving the money , then nothing can get going. We often blame the BWA, but if senior management and the board pleading for funds and the govt ignores the request what in the hell you want them to do. This administration really don’t get it. Its the same thing with the Sanitation Services Authority, Transport Board etc etc etc

  6. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea December 10, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Sorry what from 2014 and wonna sorry now stupse.

  7. John Everatt December 11, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Ms. Inniss. The BWA promised that it would be fixed over a year ago. Contrary to what you are saying the BWA has NOT kept its promises. Only last year the BWA was trying to assure the people that it was NOT sewage but rather harmless runoff water. Even the politicians got into the lie with their sea bath at Worthing beach. Although everyone knew that it was in fact sewage you and your BWA kept up the coverup attempt by claiming everything from it was diapers that were clogging the system to the pumps are not working and the parts are on order. Ms Inniss, are you aware that Richard Nixon faced impeachment not because of the Watergate affair but rather because of the coverup attempt and all the lying he did? When are you going to stop with your coverup lies and accept responsibility for this disgraceful mess on the south coast? At least Keithroy Halliday had the guts to accept the responsibility. You on the other hand need to be relieved of your position without

  8. Breadfruit. December 11, 2017 at 12:29 am

    @ saga boy
    Halliday just came on board!

  9. Sean King
    Sean King December 11, 2017 at 12:36 am

    The General Manager has came and apologize but on the other hand Ms Inniss is telling Barbadians don’t blame the Water Authority neither is she offering any apology. She needs to be relief of her position right away since she does not care.It’s taking you so much years and still you can’t get the problem resolve.

  10. Chad Blackman
    Chad Blackman December 11, 2017 at 12:53 am

    They all need firing….. Government included

  11. Jeffrey Quimby
    Jeffrey Quimby December 11, 2017 at 1:00 am

    She is a member of the DLP ok she run in the last election I think

  12. Sunshine Sunny Shine December 11, 2017 at 2:36 am

    The head of the Prime Minister should roll. If he had listened to what Mottley had said and redirect resources to dealing with the South Coast sewage problem maybe it would not be this way today. Blame the idiots in the Democratic Labour Party, they were told of the potential nightmare and did not listen.

  13. Jonathan Nurse
    Jonathan Nurse December 11, 2017 at 4:27 am

    The Barbados Water Authority people should really do something to the sewage mess in Worthing, Christ Church, that forced the closure of Chicken Barn.

  14. hcalndre December 11, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Sorry is not good enough. Bring on the law suits, even the 3 clowns that took the sea bath can`t deny that they did not knew of the problems. Your business had to cease operations, you loss customers, some may never come back, you should not have to look for lawyers, they should be looking for you.

  15. Corey Bristol
    Corey Bristol December 11, 2017 at 5:07 am

    this is bere foolishness, all of them want them ass cutting with a bull dickey, wanna feel that this problem should persist so long that it’s making businesses close down? utter nonsense

  16. Nikki Bayley
    Nikki Bayley December 11, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I can’t. …I just can’t with these people. Call a town hall meeting with the relevant ministers, BWA employees etc. And field questions. ….I have lots to ask as do other people.

  17. Bajangal December 11, 2017 at 6:10 am

    The time for apologies is gone, if yall were doing the jobs you were paid to do this would never happen . Bundle of sewage in the height of tourist season , nonsense of the highest order. Drawing big salaries yet nothing is being done, I want to know who will be fired over this situation !

  18. Kathyann Best
    Kathyann Best December 11, 2017 at 6:17 am

    ‘The manhole belong to chicken barn.’ ‘They may have acted to quick on the draw.’ People on the breadline because of this mess and these are the words that can come out of your mouth!

    • tedd December 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

      the article later said that the sewage coming out of chicken barns manhole was from the BWA main sewage pipe backing up into chicken barn. not originating from the barn.

  19. seagul December 11, 2017 at 6:43 am

    @saga boy. Sorry is never good enough because they knew very well what was in the pipe. They continue to strip Barbados of our ‘independence’. Begging these international boutique hotels to come to here on whatever terms they want; and fogging off the country’s state assets. How much longer shall this go on with our ‘working-poor’? These are the backbone of our society and now this sewage all in our faces. But can these political parasites mindsets be changed? Not only should they resign but a consensus should be found for the ministers and the sorry a&& leadership at the BWA to compensate all financial loss.

  20. Michael J. Koeiman
    Michael J. Koeiman December 11, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Really poor reporting on the issue – I still have no idea what the problem really is and what kinds of solutions are being considered far less how long it will take. What happened between last year and now? How exactly does the plant work, anyway? Don’t the journalists ask any questions?

    • Stefon Poseidon Nathaniel Barker
      Stefon Poseidon Nathaniel Barker December 11, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Can we really call them journalists? They ask the most ridiculous questions and focus on the least important points of the situation.

    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones December 11, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Agree. Quality of journalism very poor. No wiser as to why this problem was not fixed before.

  21. harry turnover December 11, 2017 at 7:26 am

    …..and you blaming the MEDIA for not knowing what the PROBLEM IS ??

  22. harry turnover December 11, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Is this the SAME Pat Inniss that REFUSED to SHAKE MIAs’ hand in 2008 ? wonder wha gine happen next year after ELECTIONS when the PM asks her a few questions ?…will she REFUSE to answer her questions ?
    Wonder though why DEM positioned her to be responsible for sewage matters…something smells here.

  23. Chad December 11, 2017 at 7:44 am

    @Michael koelman have you been living under a rock? You want the journalists to rehash the same solutions given by the authorities over and over. There another story on the website which outlined the plans to fix, which incidentally was just a repeat of what Estwick said a week ago. This story is obviously dealing with with the BWAs contrition for the displacement. So don’t blame anyone for your ignorance

  24. Tammy Taitt
    Tammy Taitt December 11, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Sorry isn’t going to pay those poor people that home now FOR CHRISTMAS. Sorry isn’t going to pay the doctor bills if God forbid the people there got sick. ALL OF THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED before y’all had the chance to say “sorry”. Get proper management. Show the people wunna care by making sure it’s fixed once and for all.

  25. milli watt December 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

    chaaaaaa chiiinnng……….lawyers for the BLP in CORN. Wages at the BWA going up and neeerrrffffiiiiinnnnn for me but SEWAGE. YOU CAN KEEP UR STINKING APOLOGY. As for the BLP under who that PIT TOILET was built and the DLP under who it cave in I hope that these new political parties come to powa bout here and leave you two drowning in the filth you created.

  26. Honest December 11, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Despite the Acting Chief Medical Officer saying that the water on the south coast is safe, we need to get this situation in order soon. The problem in Barbados is that there are too many “In commands”, too many channels through which to go in order to achieve something that could have been simplified a long time ago. There is too much rhetoric and not enough action and everything is political.

    Blaming Chicken Barn for a widespread problem is absurd! Patricia Inniss looks dumb on this one.

  27. Walmark John F December 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I think the local member of parliament, the head of BWA should set up their offices in that vacant Chicken Barn Building and stay there until the sewage plant is fixed.
    Anyone else agree?

  28. Jonah Banks December 11, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Raw sewage? I thought we were in the 20th century! Come on BWA, do your job!

  29. Jonah Banks December 11, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I meant 21st!

    • tedd December 11, 2017 at 10:17 am

      in your defence, it would not be acceptable in the 20th century either

  30. John F Walmark
    John F Walmark December 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Have the head of BWA, mister Sealy, and the local member of parliament move their offices to the vacant Chicken Barn on Worthing… they also are close to the Beach to do a photo opp in the sea when the poop hits the beach again.

    • John F Walmark
      John F Walmark December 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Seriously… they should be forced to set up their office right there. In a disaster,,, that’s where the leaders go.

    • Arlette Sthill
      Arlette Sthill December 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Great idea

    • John F Walmark
      John F Walmark December 11, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Someone or as many Bdos residents need to start this up asap.
      Call your MP .call thelocal papers.

  31. Stefon Poseidon Nathaniel Barker
    Stefon Poseidon Nathaniel Barker December 11, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Why has no one put out any points on what has to be done to rectify the issue? The man or equipment power needed. What will they do to prevent it from happening there again and other places around this (for now) beautiful island.

  32. Chris Alleyne
    Chris Alleyne December 11, 2017 at 10:17 am

    De barn don’t have a lawyer on call?

  33. tedd December 11, 2017 at 10:21 am

    one must commend Mr Halliday for being man enough to accept responsibility for what is happening and admitting that it should have been fixed sooner, despite whose fault it was. that is what I call a real man, a real manager and a real leader.

    • John Everatt December 11, 2017 at 11:36 am

      It appears that Mr Halliday has just recently come on board the BWA. Even though he is to be commended for not lying and taking responsibility really who we need to hear from are people like DR Mwannsa who was recently demoted but not terminated. It is lots easier for Mr. Halliday to apologize as he is not the one responsible for this mess.

  34. Bajan December 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Too late BWA. You Know what comes next. I will give you a hint. ‘Class Action……’ You can finish the sentence.

  35. Donild Trimp December 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Don’t know who this Keithroy Holliday is but that is what modern day leadership is all about.

    You put yourself out front and apologize for what is happening, then you go about trying to correct the problem.

    This waste water manager Patricia Inniss is going about it the wrong way. Shows a sign of weakness and extremely poor management skills.

    Patricia Inniss, take a lesson from Keithroy Holliday, never ever cast blame elsewhere when the problem is still ongoing and clearly still your responsibility.

    You need to upgrade your management skills.

  36. Clyde Thompson December 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Sorry is not good enough, compensation for monetary lost sounds more appropriate, law suit, law suit.
    Time to halt the bovine skulduggery.

  37. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas December 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Not a thing they can do.the former general manager must be smiling

  38. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 11, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    BWA should take the apology and stick it where the sun don’t shine,this sewerage should have been fix first time around period end of story.To waste manager Patricia Inniss lady you for real trying to blame public and not BWA wonder what’s her qualifications for that position just another political yardfowl square peg in round hole.

  39. Melissa Wright
    Melissa Wright December 11, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Re: Sewage problems on South Coast?? Post from Trip Advisor
    Dec 08, 2017, 10:34 PM
    We cancelled our reservation for Hastings area, and are now in Speightstown area. Here there is also an intense sewer smell in certain areas, but thanks God not near our place, so we don’t feel it, and we learned to avoid the stinky areas. Add to this the cement plant nearby, blasting heavy smoke in the air, and for the life of me I can not imagine anyone calling Barbados beautiful or considering it suitable for tourism. Honestly!!! We travelled throughout the island, and we found Barbados to be the dirtiest country we have ever been to (DISGUSTINGLY DIRTY!), with garbage and litter strewn everywhere.And I assure you – it’s not the tourists to blame, because it’s the same situation everywhere on the island, even in the countryside where there are not many tourists. It’s a major epidemic waiting to happen. We are never coming here again! Too bad I can not post pictures to show you how it looks around. Stay away, people! It’s not worth it! Barbados is waaaay overrated. The same goes for the beaches – those that are not rocky, are either sewer contaminated, or are having harsh waves. You will rate Barbados beaches as good only if you have not actually seen a good beach. Add to this the very dangerous, poisonous Manchineel trees that grow in abundance on the beaches, and you get the picture… Even the so called platinum coast is disappointing. Go elsewhere! Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermudas, Cayman Islands, etc. – they all have fine white sand beaches that are prettier, calmer, CLEANER, and so much better. If I have to characterize Barbados with one word, it’s cesspool. Never, never again!

    • jmoose December 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Maybe Mellissa is a bit harsh, maybe she isn’t. I was there a year ago when the bay at Worthing turned brown. I accepted that as an accident. I was there last week and saw it running down the road. Even with the windows closed and the air conditioning on full, it stunk. We too were a group that traveled the island. We used to buy our groceries there. Not this year. We went to the new Popular up the road. Restaurants??? Do you think we want to sit there and eat and smell that? I was surprised there were still tourists walking down the road there. What are you going to do when Sandals is fully up and running?
      Garbage everywhere? We noted that as well. Example: Go to the top of Chalky mountain. Is that a dump or is that someone’s front yard? It’s every where we stopped.
      I had beautiful wedding pictures at Farley Hill. What happened? Why are you still charging to get in there? Go to the top and look over the edge…Garbage everywhere.
      Another thing that bothers me. Parking on the sidewalks, both sides of the road in St. Lawrence Gap forcing the tourists to walk on the road in the traffic. That doesn’t make sense to me.

    • John Everatt December 11, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Mame I am so sorry that you feel that way and as a Barbadian I truly feel ashamed. You are correct in your comments. Although I do not live near Speightstown I know exactly the area of sewage smell that you refer to. It has been that way for over a year now. The garbage is scattered all over the island and people just don’t seem to care. It hasn’t always been this way and hopefully it can return to the beautiful island that is once was. I feel very sad about this. We are in danger of losing our entire tourism industry.

  40. Donild Trimp December 11, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    That was harsh Melissa but I will agree with you that CUBA (the resorts and beaches) comes out ahead of Barbados.

  41. Carolyn Lewis
    Carolyn Lewis December 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Just look at that spanking new building the BWA now occupy … millions upon millions of $$$$ … comfort galore while we on the South Coast are knee deep in pooh!!!! Disgraceful in the extreme!!!!

  42. trisha December 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    empty promises …. will soon lead to empty premises !!
    tourists are cancelling as I write 🙁
    simply not good enough… I pay my taxes and they are in no way related to the shoddy service I receive !!!!

  43. Kitty KattKutie
    Kitty KattKutie December 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Mind u… the men pour a gallon of something in the drain by Lanterns Mall and it did smell worse…. #smfh

  44. straight talk December 11, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    How chicken barn could be cooking with all that sewage flowing and settling around there and thee health inspector in saying or doing anything it look like it was up to chicken barn to decide what they want to do.

  45. Lorenzo December 11, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    This lady Ms Patricia Inniss is a classless person,imagine instead of apologizing to the residents and Business people on the South Coast she is suggesting that the BWA kept all of it,s promises really,so why is sewerage still floating in Worthing and Hastings?She is a former DLP candidate in St Michael North East where Ms Mottley gave her a good beating and based on her arrogance I can see why.What is her qualification for such a position,being a Dem because she seems to be in over her head and like the Minister arrogant with it.In my opinion she should be fired for her incompetence in handling this situation,and gien a dose of humility..

  46. Avery Bowen
    Avery Bowen December 11, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Sorry finger got carried away

  47. Avery Bowen
    Avery Bowen December 11, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Let us keep in mind that Mr. Keithroy Halliday has only headed the BWA speaking under correction mid to late last year maybe later.Feel free anyone to correct me.Discussion is good.

  48. milli watt December 11, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    wonder if I had that money that they spend in that building if I could have been able to avert the SOUTHERN STINK……nnaaaahhhhhhhhh lick out de money and gimme de sewage

  49. Donild Trimp December 11, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    @ Avery Bowen –
    Keithroy Halliday sounds more like a manager addressing a serious matter than the waste water manager lady spewing nonsense and blaming others.

  50. Committed Bajan December 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    What I would like to know is has the businesses and hotels that are connected to the sewage system , have you paid your water bills lately?


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