Still no ease

. . . but residents seemingly more willing to grin and bear sewage leaks

The south coast sewage problem is far from over.

However, a tour by Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and other key Government officials of the affected area over the weekend seems has done a world of good in terms of calming the fears of residents in the area, who had earlier expressed concern that the authorities were not doing enough to resolve the worsening stench.

Officials have been frantically trying to find a solution to the persistent breaches at the south coast sewerage plant.

In fact, community spokesman Adrian Donovan was full of praise for BWA General Manager Keithroy Halliday today for “finally” touring the area and speaking frankly to both residents and business operators about the extent of the sewage leaks.

Keithroy Halliday

Halliday, who took over as BWA general manager back in February 15, was joined by two senior BWA officials – Manager of the Waste Water Division Patricia Inniss and Director of Engineering Charles Leslie – as well as acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism for Sunday’s tour, which came on the heels of the announcement by Chicken Barn that it was forced to close its Worthing outlet, amid the foul situation.

Today, Government also announced the temporary closure of the Worthing Post Office due to the environmental problems that continue to plague the area.

However, Donovan, who had earlier accused the authorities of lying to the community about the fact that they were unable to resolve the ongoing sewage leaks, said while they were no closer to resolving the issues, he was at least satisfied with the explanation given by Halliday.

He explained that residents had been previously told by those working on the project that parts had to be brought in, and then they were later informed that the parts which were imported were not compatible with the faulty system.

Adrian Donovan

However, he said  Halliday was able to confirm “what we have been saying all along.

“One, outside expertise is needed and two, the residents are entitled to compensation,” he told Barbados TODAY this morning, while complimenting the BWA general manager “for coming out and telling the general public of Barbados the truth about the problems of the sewage project and finally admitting that they do not have the internal expertise to solve the issues at the plant”.

Coming out of Sunday’s meeting Donovan also suggested that there was really no need for the residents and businesses to pursue legal action as was recommended by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party last week, since “it appears that some people have a direct link to getting compensation through the Ministry of Finance.

“In other words, they don’t have to sue,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding that “in all of this, at the end of the day, the BWA has continued to apologize for the problems that are going on.

“So I hope when all is done and dusted that all those who have been affected would be duly compensated,” the community activist stressed.

He also suggested the BWA’s Manager of the Waste Water Division could learn a lot from her immediate boss, explaining that “the word communication is very important and the residents must feel respected”.
emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

5 Responses to Still no ease

  1. Charlie Black December 11, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    The government & Politics what killing Barbados. Selfish selfish people

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  2. John Everatt December 11, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    So now the Worthing post office has been closed. I guess government officials have finally become concerned over the health risks and the stench. Ms. Inniss needs to understand that people live and work in this area and tourists as well as locals have to be in this area. This is certainly a disaster of national proportions. The sad part about it is that it was entirely avoidable if government ministers had not lied and if the BWA had acted on this 2 years ago when the issues first became apparent. And Ms Inniss, I do not now what qualifies you to hold the position that you do but you certainly need to learn to communicate. Your lies have become more and more transparent.

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  3. milli watt December 12, 2017 at 7:28 am

    this happens when two ministers take headers in the sea more than a year ago when them and others ought to have been doing the peoples work…………but then the people like this sorta ting.

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  4. Tony Webster December 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Daily coliform testing of innshore waters, resumes today. Tell that to Hordres of Canadians who trek to Worthing annualy..to luxuriate in the balmy onshore seas.

    Will they publish/ broadcast these figures daily, so at least they know yesterday was Ok…but today check out Harissons zcave?

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  5. Robert December 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

    The facts speak for themselves. This situation was apparent at least over a year ago. It appears that someone ordered the wrong parts. Who was the someone ? No one seems to want to take responsibility. This seems to be the problem with this and other problems, accountability ! The Opposition blames the government, the Government blames the opposition! Nothing is accomplished. If you are unable to fix something due technical skills admit it, bring in experts to get the job done. In the meantime upgrade your educational standards so that in the future you will not have to! Just a suggestion

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