Technical expertise and equipment on the way

Technical expertise and equipment are en route to Barbados to assist in alleviating the sewage problems being experienced along the south coast.

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA), and the Ministries of Health and Tourism have issued a joint statement outlining the steps being taken to mitigate and contain the situation.

According to the statement, overseas support and equipment should arrive within the next few days allowing the BWA to start to effect the first phase of the corrective work.

Describing the challenges in its south coast network as “complicated”, the Authority has revealed that over the long-term a complete overhaul of the plant will be necessary and additional overseas support will be needed.

The BWA has identified a major blockage in its pipes at Worthing, Christ Church, as a significant contributor to the current problem and explained that the equipment being imported would allow its engineers to assess the extent of the blockage and determine how it could be cleared. In the interim, continuous monitoring is occurring and crews are in place to flush and sanitise all affected areas, the agency disclosed.

The Ministry of Health’s Environmental Health Department has also responded to the developments on the south coast by implementing a number of public health strategies. These include increasing its complement of environmental health officers in the area and implementing an enhanced sanitisation programme, as well as education and training programmes for restaurants and food businesses.

56 Responses to Technical expertise and equipment on the way

  1. milli watt December 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    don’t tell me the equipment they ought to have had with the money that went into cost over runs when the BLP had the project. Let me guess this contractor got a rover that could travel the length of the pipe with cameras and arms and show where the damage is. I hope that is not the case…..

    • straight talk December 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      You still talking bout cost over runs yuh idiot you still brainwash from 2008 election

      • John C King December 11, 2017 at 6:34 am

        ya idiot she is saying the equiptment shouldhave been purchase when the olant was built we hsouldnot have to get it now

        • milli watt December 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

          @ John thanks for the assist………..talking to the peasants can be a real chore sometimes

  2. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow December 10, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    As usual the government wait till it reaches a critical stage rather than nipping it in the bud…

  3. John Thomson
    John Thomson December 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Should have been fixed last November when they had to close the beach due to the sewerage & swamp water getting into the sea ..

    • Robbie-John Creole
      Robbie-John Creole December 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      No need to then. 3 experts went swimming and deemed it ok after they soaked on a clorox solution bath.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 10, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Robbie-John Creole it’s all disgusting and interesting also this should have been fixed years ago why now on the almost eve of election ??? Fishy! It stinks of dishonesty

      • hcalndre December 11, 2017 at 8:07 am

        @Gillian Skeete; are bajans so gullible to give these clueless DLPs their vote now that the election is in the air and they`re trying to do in 6 months what they should have done in 10 years. In the few months before the election they will find money for the Civil servants after 10 years, people will get their tax returns, Clico would be in the talks and a lot more goodies and promises.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Gillian Skeete Agree with you something about this really stinks and it’s not the actual leaking sewerage.

  4. Tête La
    Tête La December 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    So you telling me that the problem couldn’t be fixed by watching a YouTube video?

    Well after the Technical Experts sort the job, fire all the money collecting staff from the BWA and keep who can do the work


    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      wonder how much the taxpayers bill gine…along wid dem wun

    • Steve L. Jemmott
      Steve L. Jemmott December 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Is this the very same equipment that was purchased two months ago? if so then these guys from T and T were foreordained to do this job?

    • Tête La
      Tête La December 10, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      What become of he $2million in pipe that was allegedly purchased sometime in 2008 to 2010

      No money and still no pipe


    • hcalndre December 11, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Joyann Haigh should be fired too for her PR propaganda, have not heard from her about this mess or she is waiting for when Maureen comes back if she can still take the heat.

  5. Marsha Hinds
    Marsha Hinds December 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    ….. not even d =) (&= DEM kyan fix!!

  6. Santini More
    Santini More December 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Should have been fixed since 5 years ago when the BWA local engineers were explaining what type of catastrophic failure would occur if additional funds were not found to upgrade the South coast sewage plant.

  7. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm


    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Exactly Ali bunch of idiots

    • hcalndre December 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Ali Baba; the experts are not qualified people that get the jobs, its their friends that are paid a salary until something goes wrong, square pegs in round holes, then they have to get the real people from outside to do the jobs.

  8. John walmark December 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    What troubles me is the lack of concern over the Mangrove Sanctuary at Grame Hall. This was used as a toilet at BWA and then was flushed in sea on Sandy Beach ….. what’s happening there ?

  9. John Everatt December 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Please note that the announcement states “the equipment being imported would allow its engineers to assess the extent of the blockage and determine how it could be cleared” and does not say that equipment and experts are coming to fix the problem. They are coming to do a study. As well the statement “crews are in place to flush and sanitise all affected areas” is a lie. The mess at Hastings continues with no sign of crews in place there to flush and sanitize. Even if they were there they could not do that as the sewage is a continuous flow.

  10. Nyron Johnson
    Nyron Johnson December 10, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    People’s suspicions on this project can be laid to rest: if only the disclosure of the Country; or Countries the Engineering and Technical Support is coming from. Why would anyone not see this information, as relitive to easing the fear of concern Citizens.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      You trust them?? Any of them? I would want to know total cost to tax payers per company per day and have their credentials exposed publicly. If taxpayers are paying we must know all the financial info with this. No under the freaken table deals no no more of that bs

    • Nyron Johnson
      Nyron Johnson December 10, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Currently the focus must be on resolving this problem: it can have far reaching consequences for B’dos if not resolved promptly: there’s more than enough time for litigation of cost; and politics in the future. Currently that sewage problem need to be fixed, it’s becoming an embarrassment for everyone.

  11. Brian Killuminati Davis
    Brian Killuminati Davis December 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I hope is from the local engineers because most times they have to show the people that comes in

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Trinidad Europe UK and California so far only Trinidad here as re the newspaper

  12. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie December 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Why only now? These people and equipment did not exist before?

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Exactly like suddenly this situation arrived here from some far and distant planet!!! A bunch of space cadets!!

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte December 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      the problem got worse

  13. Cecily Jones
    Cecily Jones December 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm


  14. Diane Dias
    Diane Dias December 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    After the overseas experts have finished fixing the sewage problem , maybe they can come fix my water meter which has been leaking for almost 2years. Because nobody in Barbados seems to be able to fix it , despite numerous calls to BWA. Water is now literally running into the road , so maybe they need special equipment for that too.

    • Lionel Gittens
      Lionel Gittens December 11, 2017 at 3:18 am

      Hope it’s not affecting your water bill.

    • Diane Dias
      Diane Dias December 11, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Thank God no. It’s on their side of the meter. ( road to meter, and not meter to house) .

    • Andy Lashley
      Andy Lashley December 11, 2017 at 11:53 am

      The BWA is normally good at fixing leaks or burst pipes.
      We live in the U.K. and on two occasions over the last year we had to call them from the UK to sort out some problems at our house in Barbados.
      On both occasions they did it the same day with in hours. When you call the first thing you should do is ask the name of the person you are speaking to, that way you have a point of reference and try to speak to the same person if you have to call again for continuity.
      As for the sewage system problems let’s just hope it gets sorted once and for all.

    • Diane Dias
      Diane Dias December 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      normally when you call , they give you a ‘ reference number ‘ . The next time I called , the lady said the reference number was wrong and did not exist. She gave me another number. When I called back weeks later , I was told they did not have my contact number or directions to my house. Gave them that. But the first time I had called , I was told that they were busy with other large issues and didn’t know when they’d get to me ( that’s when I was given the wrong reference num.). Since then , several water auth men have come by , and written “leak” infront of my meter in orange spray paint . Months have passed , “leak” has faded , and has been re painted . So , patiently I wait.

  15. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid December 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Wait the people that built that spanking new B.W.A building is who paying for these experts???

  16. M.D.M. December 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    We will only believe anything after it has happened. What good is monitoring the problem? Fix it! Too little too late – serious damage has already been done to business places and people’s well being. Our reputation is mud – or down the broken sewer?

  17. Steve L. Jemmott
    Steve L. Jemmott December 10, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    …I think you on to something ! many overlooking, you realise too that the equipment purchased four months ago meet these guys on the plane?

  18. Lindsay Farmer
    Lindsay Farmer December 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm


  19. Lorenzo December 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    This problem should have been addressed a long time ago.Instead we had two Ministers going into the waters on Worthing beach trying to indicate all was well.Now a year later the problem has become worse despite the pretty talk of Ms Inniss and we have the Ministers talking now about bringing in experts.Why wasn,t this done before,if it was obvious that the BWA could not resolve this problem,placing people.s health at risk?This is really unacceptable,as I passed that area up to this afternoon just opposite the Post Office and there was foul smelling water on the road,luckily no one was splashed.

  20. MArk Anthony
    MArk Anthony December 10, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I have a feeling this equipment will be flown in from Mars .

  21. Andrew Szucs
    Andrew Szucs December 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Long overdue, timing is everything during the run up to elections

  22. Tony Webster December 10, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Compare and contrast with how the (private-sector-run) desalination plant at Spring Garden is run. Cheese, and chalk.

  23. Lisa Worme
    Lisa Worme December 10, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Will believe it when I see it.

  24. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards December 10, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    A blockage any novice will no that but then again bajans dont have the papers to syep.up to the plate if you know what I mean people

  25. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards December 10, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Note this is the first phase you have 2 more phases

  26. gsmiley December 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    BWA doesn’t have a clue. The people who built it will have to come in and sort it out.

  27. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea December 11, 2017 at 12:03 am


  28. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite December 11, 2017 at 12:11 am

    What he coming by? He was on the way weeks ago.

  29. jrsmith December 11, 2017 at 7:35 am

    This is where we are at 2017 and Experts from abroad is showing us how to clean up the mess……………………

  30. sticks and stones December 11, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Seems like all the technical experts are here on BT giving their two cents worth of crappy opinion
    Do not what’s worse. The smell of the stench or the worth less political yardfowl opinions. Give me a break

  31. milli watt December 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    businesses closing now…..I luv it carnage, disease, pestilence and the west coast in trouble. Come on team Barbados looking for a write off by year end. I know you can do much worse than this.

  32. milli watt December 11, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    listening to VOB and the excuses are coming fast and furious from the BWA……one thing bout this crowd they know how to pass the buck and CYA

  33. milli watt December 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Chief Medical officer ain’t pick teet bout dis…….all yuh drawing money under false pretense.


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