Health Ministry assures Barbados’ beach water is safe

The Ministry of Health is reassuring members of the public that Barbados’ beach water is safe.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Ministry said that in response to queries about the safety of nearshore water for recreational purposes, it could advise, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Department, that the beaches were safe.

“Based on current information, the beaches of Barbados are safe. Testing to date has not shown any evidence of contaminated beach water,” the statement continued.

However, the Ministry of Health said its officials and those of the Environmental Protection Department would “continue routine testing of nearshore water and will keep the public informed of any changes”.

50 Responses to Health Ministry assures Barbados’ beach water is safe

  1. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley December 16, 2017 at 9:51 am

    So let them bathe in it.

  2. Carson C Cadogan December 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

    “”The Sewer System Crisis About to Hit the Heartland””

    The city of Louisville, Kentucky, sits low in a valley along the Ohio River. When it rains heavily, water can quickly rise, overflowing the stormwater drains and submerging parts of downtown, low-income neighborhoods near the river, and the local college campus.

    Louisville is nowhere close to the coastal areas in Florida and Texas that have received the lion’s share of attention for the effects of climate change. But it’s at increasing risk for sewer system overflows and more frequent flooding, thanks to a perfect storm of aging stormwater systems and climate change.

    • Belfast December 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Bajans pay extremely heavy taxes to the Government of Barbados, not to the Government of Louisville Kentucky.

  3. John F Walmark
    John F Walmark December 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Sounds like the Mayor in The Movie JAWS…. TRYING TO CONVINCE THE TOURISTS TO GET SWIMMINGLY..Shark? What Shark?

  4. FEDUPWITHHUMANS December 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

    “Based on current information, I highly doubt.. Politicians just as nasty as the sewage. only care for them selves ..There is no reason why this issue have been dealt with already!

  5. Carol T Hinds
    Carol T Hinds December 16, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Allll of them should be splish splashing then

  6. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade December 16, 2017 at 11:02 am

    All of them should get in the sea firstevery day and dont see no doctor ok

  7. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond December 16, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Is it the beaches that are polluted with sewage or the roads and inland properties? This looks like a straw man.

    • Gary Field
      Gary Field December 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      So where does all the water in the road along the coast end up you think ??

    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond December 16, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Gary Field Not all inland water ends up in the sea. it depends on the nature of the terrain and the draining system.

    • Gary Field
      Gary Field December 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Highway 7 can hardly be considered inland . Lots of drains that lead to the sea.

    • Sue Williams
      Sue Williams December 16, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Gary Field .. the water used to wash down is ending up going into our underground water table .. the water that we use to drink, etc !

    • Gary Field
      Gary Field December 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Sue Williams, actually drinking water is not drawn out of the aquifers that close to the coasts and even the aquifers flow to the sea so I don’t think so, however it is quite unbelievable that this could be going on for such a long time …. no way I would go in the sea at worthing or Hastings.

    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond December 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Sue Williams But of course by the time it reaches the aquifers it is completely filtered through the soil and limestone bed. Chlorine takes care of the rest of the purification process.

    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes December 17, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Thank you for pointing that out Olutoye Walrond

    • Shanna Thompson
      Shanna Thompson December 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Did you read that they did testing? There is obviously a valid concern.

  8. Fred Crothers December 16, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Governments will absolutely lie if they feel threatened and they will do so with a straight face. Forget about the tourists, do you want to live on an island floating in a sea polluted by human waste. If you don’t have the beaches you don’t have anything.

  9. Charming Forde
    Charming Forde December 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Same story, one year later.

  10. FEDUPWITHHUMANS December 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    “Based on current information, the beaches of Barbados are safe. Testing to date has not shown any evidence of contaminated beach water,” the statement continued…These Politicians so incompetent and ignorant! Nothing close or exposed to that nasty sewage water is clean or safe..

  11. John Everatt December 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Wait – no PR stunt this year?

  12. Helicopter(8P) December 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I have no problems going into the ocean at Cattle Wash, Bath or Bathsheba it’s the Atlantic side of Barbados and untouched waters for six thousand nautical miles.

  13. Robin John
    Robin John December 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    For a country with few natural resources and knowing the importance of our beaches for tourism, greater care and attention should be paid to prevent pollution. I don’t trust the explanation simply because the sewage issue is still outstanding. If not going into the ocean, definitely infiltrating potable water system.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 17, 2017 at 5:28 am

      I do t know how the sewage can get any chlorine treatment if it’s on the roads it has to go someplace …. like when it pours it will end up some place it’s not wanted!

  14. Antonio Franklyn
    Antonio Franklyn December 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Well go and bathe in it on a regular basis. If wanna aint get sick or gotta go to the doctor, then we would know it safe. Put your life where your mouth is. Water look like death and destruction and you talking bout it safe? Stupseeeeeeeeeee.

  15. Jerry Tilitz
    Jerry Tilitz December 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Yikes, that this should even be an issue for Barbados

  16. Anne Hunte
    Anne Hunte December 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Fix it you need the tourist. Sugar not an industry anymore

  17. Maria Skeete
    Maria Skeete December 16, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I would like the MP and all this little helper to go and walk in the same beach and keep walking and don’t come back.

  18. Don Reuben
    Don Reuben December 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    The government will say anything to keep the white tourist’s money…the west and south coasts lacking in adequate drainage from sewage etc!!!
    Can’t they also see the road signs want repainting and debushing before god forbid : a white tourist get hurt or worse…
    Obviously the government only caters former locals when it’s campaign time…SMFH(poliTRICKS)

    • Glenda Martin
      Glenda Martin December 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      What about coloured tourists? Let’s not bring colour into it. I feel for all my local friends and nobody should be putting up with this especially the locals living there every day.

    • Tracy Mason
      Tracy Mason December 16, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I agree.. not about colour here ,it’s about everyone

    • Don Reuben
      Don Reuben December 16, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      I purposefully put white tourists for the simple reason that it’ll evoke a response… Since its not about color for you…fine!!!I John King got a song about “Fool’s Paradise”…keep on being blind then…

      • Belfast December 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm

        Apparently, Black visitors are not seen in the same light as other tourists, by the leaders of this country. Recently a planeload of Ghanaians visited Barbados for five days, and unlike many of those from Europe, were not accorded a reception at Illaro Court with the reserved broad smiles and speeches by those who are usually mute when it comes to dealing with their own local folk.

    • Glenda Martin
      Glenda Martin December 16, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      apparently you have an issue with colour. I don’t and go to Barbados because of the people not the colour. I don’t like the people I care about living like like this every day. Maybe you are blind but I have my eyes wide open thank you very much

      • harry turnover December 17, 2017 at 7:09 am

        …you have over 50 friends in Bdos and don’t like the PEOPLE ?
        Typical of one of those BAJANS who left these shores to reside overseas and now got the WORST to say about the people.
        …and explain this ‘ I DON’T and GO to Barbados because of the people “…and I DON”T like the people
        BAJAN ya got 3 mouts….Trump gine soon send ya RH packing back to BIM.
        You need to wash ya face,,,all the spit coming back down.

  19. Donild Trimp December 16, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    @ Glenda Martin-
    Cannot leave could out of anything when it comes to Barbados.

    A young black Barbadian lad was recently arrested and taken before the courts for wearing a camouflaged cap.

    During the tourist season in Barbados white tourist walk around wearing the same type of camouflaged cap. Some wear camouflaged short pants.

    Any of these white tourist arrested by the Police to date?

    The answer is NO.

    Explain that to the coloured people.

  20. Donild Trimp December 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    *Cannot leave colour out of —–

  21. Anna Ramsay
    Anna Ramsay December 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Oh Sh…!!!

  22. Cheryl Carter
    Cheryl Carter December 16, 2017 at 6:45 pm


  23. Derek December 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Helicopter. Atlantic side of Barbados ? Barbados is completely surrounded by the Alantic ocean

  24. Scott Price
    Scott Price December 16, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Don’t believe them!

  25. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes December 17, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Based on this, you would think that there was an issue with all of the beaches in Barbados. I have also seen on many occasions beaches here on the US closed because of bacteria from waste. Not saying the current issue is a non issue.

    • John F Walmark
      John F Walmark December 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Sewage leaks happened here in Toronto… also remember walkerton , where people went to jail .

  26. Ralph W Talma December 17, 2017 at 3:48 am

    As I have said before, if you wish tourists to visit Barbados then you must have clean beaches and unpolluted sea water. This, regrettably, is not now available all around the Island. Unless the Government takes responsibility for rapid rectification, then tourist numbers will decrease. Bad news.

  27. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Talk is cheap. If someone get sick what you think they will tell you. They sporry.

  28. Shanna Thompson
    Shanna Thompson December 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

    There must obviously be a valid concern to start the testing in the first place. Hopefully people who are quick to come to their island’s defense realise now the possibility of sewage in the sea is clearly not “lies” or “hogwash”.

    This article should be an eye opener for those people. But we shouldnt expect the gov to admit sewage is in the sea either so it would be wise to take this with a grain of salt.

  29. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 17, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Don’t trust them gully monkeys

  30. Zeewee December 17, 2017 at 9:20 am

    And sadly the ministry of health telling us it’s ok to go in the water holds no credibility . We need to see testing being done and reported on … every beach should be tested and results printed then we could really feel proud of our “ clean” beaches .

  31. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 17, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Really folks believe these clowns who only goal is to make it seems like everything is good to go so tourist don’t panic.Leaking sewerage water but yet it’s safe come on useless yardfowls ya all could fool some of the people some of the time but not this time.Bajans believe these clowns and do so at your own peril ya assume the risk,folks better start thinking of diseases like e-coli samonella and cholera just to name a few.

  32. Jevan Jutagir
    Jevan Jutagir December 17, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Time for the Ministers of Health, Tourism & Drainage to go swimming on Worthing Beach then!

  33. Nathaniel Samuels December 17, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Jevan, they should all go and they must take along ‘Jester’ Ince!


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