UPP says BWA engages in trial and error to solve sewage mess

The United Progressive Party (UPP) is calling for a comprehensive study of the south coast sewage problem in order to identify a lasting solution to the uncomfortable mess.   

The party’s candidate for Christ Church South, Nadja Willis, contended this morning that the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the local authorities were seeking to find a permanent fix by trial and error.

Willis told journalists at a news conference at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hastings, Christ Church that the various causes identified so far, including outdated equipment, pumps that are too small and the lack of maintenance, were nothing short of speculation.

At the same time, the UPP candidate, who is hoping to defeat Member of Parliament and Minister of Health John Boyce, contended that the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration had not done enough to upgrade the system.

“Not enough was done to update the system with all the construction that has occurred along the coast since it came on stream 20 years ago, and residents are concerned that the new Sandals Royal Resort may create even more problems,” Willis said.

“This is right in the heart of the tourist belt. Apart from the residents, there are 120 businesses and 40 restaurants here. If we were in Canada or the US this area would be closed off until the problem was fixed, and if no one here can do it, we should bring in experts from overseas to sort it out,” she added.

Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick recently announced that the country was seeking outside help in a bid to resolve the situation. The BWA has also said that specialized materials had been ordered to address the ongoing challenges in the network and in the lines.

In the interim, it said, crews from the waste water department were working assiduously to manage the overflows until the breach and blockage could be rectified.

However, Willis saw this as just another election gimmick by an administration which she said had “glossed over” the issue last year when the Boyce and Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy dived headlong into the sea at Dover Beach in an attempt to reassure people that there was nothing wrong with the water quality.   

“Yes, the Barbados Water Authority is now working on a solution, but residents and business owners are frustrated and angry, and this new hive of activity seems to have only come about because elections are due shortly,” Willis maintained.

Meanwhile, the fledgling UPP is holding Government’s feet to the fire over waste hauler Anderson Fat Child Cherry’s Lower Estate, St George separation plant, which was the cause of much irritation and health concerns for residents of the surrounding communities.

After several weeks of complaints about “toxic” fumes emanating from the plant, and promises by Cherry to ease the foul situation, the Ministry of Health at the start of this month ordered the immediate closure of the offensive dump and directed Cherry to clear the site of all materials within four weeks.

The ministry said the decision was taken after an investigation revealed that the site was being used as a dump.

The UPP’s candidate for St George North, Everton Holligan, today alleged that the ministry ordered the facility closed only after “a few businesses in the area closed because they could not continue to subject their customers and staff to the prevailing conditions”.

“Their feeble and lacklustre response so far has brought to mind the old adage, ‘a day late and a dollar short’.

“We are concerned that no studies have been done to determine how people, especially children, have been affected by the noxious fumes coming from the dump, and if Mr Cherry does not have all of the equipment and material to seal it off, the authorities should step in, provide him with the equipment, and dig up Crown land to provide him with the shrubs and dirt to cover it,” Holligan said.

26 Responses to UPP says BWA engages in trial and error to solve sewage mess

  1. John Everatt December 20, 2017 at 1:57 am

    There has been no apparent effort by the BWA to stem this mess. The minister has stated “crews from the waste water department were working assiduously to manage the overflows” is simply not correct. There have been no apparent efforts at all. The sewage was flowing out today just as much as months ago. And now it has spread the the Hasting police station as that manhole is now overflowing as well. With the tourist season well under way this is a disgrace and an embarrassment to Barbados. The consultants from overseas have done nothing but pour some dye into the sewage to confirm it is a broken pipe. The problem has not been fixed.

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  2. Bajan Patriot December 20, 2017 at 3:23 am

    These systems are not easy fix once they are online. To property fix that system each building will have to be on sceptic holding tanks to reduce to intake volume onto the pumping station. We don’t have other pumping systems that we can transfer the intake into so we can fix the broken pipes. The only other solution is to build a bigger higher volume intake pumping station costing Millions.I think a new intake pumping station is the only solution.

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  3. Mike Johnson
    Mike Johnson December 20, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Where all of these white people showing up from all of a sudden?? This got me frighten.

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    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall December 20, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Leave out the colour of our skin please.

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    • Mike Johnson
      Mike Johnson December 20, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Why should i leave out the colour of someone’s skin when i ask a genuine question?? Are you telling me now that a question like this should never be posed?? Given the fact that its a case where i never see so much white people looking to run for high office in Barbados?? Dont you think this would come over as beeing such a strange thing?? Therefore its my right to ask such a question?? Please dont send the wrong message and twist my intentions Sheldine Dyall. FYI i meant nothing racist about the question.

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      • hcalndre December 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        @mike Johnson; I can`t say what is your intension and if you`re a bajan of color, what I can say to you and who ever that the white people brought your ancestors to Barbados so that is telling me they were there before you.

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    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall December 20, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Mike Johnson I don’t care
      if u curse me a long as you interested its okay to get involve , we had a couple of white candidates that was not successful. If she was really intersted she would be canvassing. So merry xmas and a haapy new year and I’m asking you please give the B.L.P your x

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  4. Alex Alleyne December 20, 2017 at 6:48 am

    @MJ, 4:15 am ,The sewage mess affecting their bottom line…….$$$$$$$$$.

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  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 20, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Hate to admit but it’s trial and error these clowns at BWA don’t have a frigging clue on how to resolve this smelly dangerous issue.

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    • Mike Johnson
      Mike Johnson December 20, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Yet causing the blame game here, I agree with you. Now where is the blueprints and if there is any are thy following them or are they just ramdomly looking?? Thereby allowing the problem to persist.

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    • hcalndre December 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Rawle; where are those 3 clowns that took to the sewage water a few weeks ago, its time again for them to take to the water for another photo-op.

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  6. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 20, 2017 at 7:23 am

    How you could be representing the Ch Ch South and the residents haven’t see her.

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    • Mike Johnson
      Mike Johnson December 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

      I live in Christ Church South never see her yet.

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  7. Silvio December 20, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Stinky smells in Hastings and Worthing? El Presidente Freundel, excuse me, Prime Minister Freundel don’t give a s***. He just tells the chauffeur to make sure there is a new pine tree air freshner hanging from the mirror, the AC is set to recirculate the internal air in his new Mercedes and to make sure the windows are all firmly closed if he has to pass by the area. “What’s the fuss? It don’t smell too bad to me. I really can’t understand why these people does like to complain so about these little transitory incoveniences,” he tells his driver as they pass.

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  8. Sue Donym December 20, 2017 at 8:41 am

    The stench is nauseating with liquid of all colours flowing in the Hastings-Worthing area. What a horror for pedestrians. Can’t be uplifting to come to work in this area. The poor residents that can’t escape it. No chance of pleasant al fresco dining or wayside vending. Can only imagine the reviews from unfortunate vacationers.

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  9. Randolph December 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

    These fellas could care less.Yet some people will vote for them again.This election should mean the end of the DLP forever.

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  10. Helicopter(8P) December 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    The ministry of health must register all affected residents and provise quartly blood test to those resident. Toxicology and gastronomy reports on those persons must be maintained. This is not a political issue it’s a national health issue.

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  11. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt December 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Hmm

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  12. sue December 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Just returned from 2 weeks holiday and was disappointed to see that this issue has not been resolved as we experienced it when there in 2016. Rendezvous area by Big B was nasty with sewage bubbling out of the manhole covers. This is first and foremost a public health issue and no one seems to be looking at it from that perspective. In the U.S. there would be a 24/7 crew working until it was resolved. Do hope it gets fixed soon.

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  13. hcalndre December 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Sue; don`t compare the US with Barbados, heads would have rolled and law suits by all the residents and businesses.

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  14. Bajan USA December 20, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    No wonder Bajans don’t look back when them leave barbados. Can’t blame them. Talk about a 3th world bananas republic.

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    • Breadfruit. December 20, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      YUH LIE!

      Dis one bajan here dat dus always luk back and love dat lill
      3″RD” world bananas republic.

      Speak fuh yuhself!

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    • Sue Donym December 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Reading your comment @Bajan USA, I can see where you might think that Barbados failed you. Where would that little water problem in Flint, Michigan put your beloved USA on the republic spectrum?

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  15. Sue December 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Don’t get me wrong. We love Barbados and have been visiting for decades. The 1st year we came Rayside Constr. was building the ABC Highway. The road through the Gap was dirt. And we keep coming back. What I’m saying is when you have a public health issue you need to get on it and get on it fast. Sadly, everything in the U.S. turns into lawsuit material and that is wrong. Surely Barbados can tackle this problem without having lawyers gum up the works.

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  16. zeewee December 20, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Why, during this dire emergency, don’t government garner all possible sewerage trucks to empty from manholes on a round the clock basis and take to the sewerage treatment plant . I am not an expert… but they are overflowing and need emptying . Is this not possible ?

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    • Breadfruit. December 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      They would prefer to give the money to outside consultants.

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