Shut them down

Activist wants food outlets in sewage-plagued south coast closed

Community activist Adrian Donovan is calling on the Ministry of Health to immediately order the temporary closure of fast food outlets, restaurants and guest accommodations directly affected by the worsening sewage crisis on the south coast.

Donovan acknowledged it would be a painful move, but said it was necessary because the sight of faeces bubbling at the doorstep of restaurants was akin to “selling food from a portable toilet”.

When a Barbados TODAY team visited the area today, there was still strong evidence of sewage water flowing into the streets, as community activist Adrian Donovan (inset) called for the immediate closure of food establishments operating in the affected area.

Minister of Health John Boyce recently assured that food handlers were being constantly updated on the best techniques, while there have been suggestions that Government was exploring the options of footpaths for establishments in the affected areas.

During a press conference at the Ministry of Health on Culloden Road, St Michael last Thursday, Boyce said there had been no health related issues as a result of the sewage spill, which has been ongoing for over a year.

However, Donovan, who lives on the south coast, questioned whether it was healthy to allow the public to eat at establishments in the area, including in Hastings, Christ Church where up to this afternoon effluence could be seen flowing freely onto the street.

“These places need to cease operations immediately. The Ministry of Health needs to put up notices and serve directive on some of these properties. Some of these fast food restaurants should be closed; some of these tourist accommodations should be shut up and there needs to be some caution tape advising tourist where to walk. Businesses are going to have to feel some discomfort,” said Donovan, who spoke to Barbados TODAY this afternoon while visiting two guesthouses in Peronne Village, whose yards were littered with raw sewage.

The Trinidadian occupant of one of the apartments said he had no choice but to return home as the stench of sewage, along with mosquito infestation, was too much to bear.

Pointing to the example of Chicken Barn, which recently shut down its Worthing, Christ Church branch because of the mess, Donovan appealed to other handlers operating in close proximity to the compromised sewer caps to do the same for the sake of public health.

“This has gone past a national crisis, it is a catastrophe, it is a time bomb waiting to explode,” he exclaimed.

One of the outlets impacted by the sewage flow is Tapas Restaurant in Hastings.

Owner Alfredo Giovini maintained that food preparation at his establishment remained at the highest standard, even though he acknowledged that the optics were not good.

“It creates a perception of a health risk, but I cannot speak on this because I am not an expert. I can’t tell what risk will arise in the future but I can tell you that once you pass there you can smell it and you can see it. The question remains about what perceptions those smells will provoke in human beings,” Giovini told Barbados TODAY.

Despite Donovan’s call, he said there were no immediate plans to close his facility, although he did not rule it out in the not-too-distant future if Government fails to get a handle on the situation.

“We are definitely not 100 per cent, and it remains a serious problem that everybody sees. So we are taking it day by day and see what happens and we are working with the hope that the problem would ease on the street. If Government solves the problem we would be fine and everyone will stop talking about it, but if it takes another three months then that’s another story,” Giovini said.

In his latest update on attempts by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to address the problem, General Manager Keithroy Halliday said crews from the Wastewater Division were being overwhelmed with material that did not belong in the sewerage system.

Halliday did not identify the material, but told journalists at a news conference yesterday that it appeared to come from large hotels or guest houses.

He described the situation as “a national crisis”, and appealed to Barbadians to help the BWA get a grip on the problem by watching what they dump into the sewer.

“If it is that we are going to deal with this, and it is a national crisis, we need everyone to come on board and understand the only way we are going to get past this is for everyone to stop putting the type of material in the sewerage system that is creating havoc with our pump. This is expensive, this is frustrating, this is fatiguing all of our staff. We need your help,” he said.
colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

85 Responses to Shut them down

  1. John Millar
    John Millar December 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I honestly think that it’s at that stage

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  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    People dead

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  3. John Everatt December 28, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    It was sickening by Massey Store Rendevous today. The sewage was unbearable. The BWA continues to point fingers but they will not say what materials they are actually talking about which leads me to believe they are simply making up another one of their stories. The experts from Trinidad told them the problem was a breach in the pipe but I guess now they do not believe the “experts” they themselves hired. It is easier to blame it on someone else. Meanwhile the lifeblood of the island, our tourist industry, is going down the drain.

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  4. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe December 28, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    they dont give a dam just talking svhhht

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    • Richard Johnston December 29, 2017 at 8:19 am

      ‘damn’

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  5. Saga Boy December 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    The BWA has the evidence. They have clearly articulated the problem. It amazes how the same businesses and households in the area which have been told time and time again to desist from the improper disposal of certain things which have contributed continue to point fingers at govt. They have contributed to the problem.

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    • hcalndre December 29, 2017 at 1:25 am

      @Saga Boy; you did not surprised me as an apologist again for this inept government. What about a Class Action law suit, are the affected persons scared? Lawyers should be calling at these business before they call on them. This is more than 2 years that this sewage thing erupted, only barbados these things could go on like its nothing to worry about and the responsible people shifting the blame on everything and everyone and not they incompetent selves. Saga Boy, as the year opens, and CBC`s Talk program starts, they will be more of apologists like you including Joyan Haigh.

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    • harry turnover December 29, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Saga Boy…the topic is indeed about Sh8 and again you did not disappoint.
      Hope when you finished wipe ya mout you won’t flush it as that too might clog up the system.

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    • Biscuits December 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      It does take two to tango! Those businesses who are conttributing to the problem, need to pull their socks up !

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  6. Jimmy Bishop
    Jimmy Bishop December 28, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I totally agree … it’s time… before something worst happens

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  7. Shane Castillo
    Shane Castillo December 28, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    what is the Ministry of Health, Barbados doing to control this bacteria.

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    • Nicole Clarke
      Nicole Clarke December 29, 2017 at 2:48 am

      Nothing

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    • Richard Johnston December 29, 2017 at 8:19 am

      “these” bacteria.

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  8. Santini More
    Santini More December 28, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    It is rather strange that the Govt closed Worthing Post Office for “environmental reasons”, but allows food outlets in the area to continue to do business!

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    • Richard Johnston December 29, 2017 at 8:20 am

      You wouldn’t want government employees harmed.

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  9. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace December 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    What a catastrophe. It’s been way too long. Please do something to help these people.
    And to say that isn’t seeping into the Sea???? They must be some very intelligent , miracle workers. Because I don’t know how it can keep from it.

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  10. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford December 28, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I don’t buy nothing from up that side

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  11. John Montreuil
    John Montreuil December 28, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I won’t be coming back for a vacation until this mess is fixed

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  12. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas December 28, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I agree with adrian.the place is stink.

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  13. Loretta Griffith December 28, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I thought I saw on television something like rags stuck to the motors. Why would rags and plastic drink bottles be disposed of in there?

    I only hope some of it is not sabotage, not necessarily political but a person or persons who feel they have to prove a point.
    All we have to remember, is that Barbados belong to all of us and that we get this problem solved like yesterday. It should never have reached this state.
    It is also clear the plant is too small for that load. Since construction more large hotels have been built in that area.
    The government also need to prioritise.

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    • hcalndre December 29, 2017 at 1:40 am

      @Loretta Griffith; looking at barbados from the outside it can be clearly seen that nobody does their job and it trickles down from the top. Only time they get concern is when its too late. Example: Haynesville housing units not being maintained, electrical wiring that`s 40 years old and now fires have started, M O Housing Kellman is blaming the tenants.

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  14. Jackquelynn Jones December 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Very interesting to say the cause is coming from guest houses. If you have no guests for two months and still water flowing and backing up..obviously this is not the cause. They just do not know and should be honest about it!

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  15. Linda Dear
    Linda Dear December 28, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Not good at all as it’s tourist time..I wanted to send Xmas cards back home to England but couldn’t because of post office being closed and I didn’t know where there was another one ..moved out here 10 months ago..but of late for all sorts of reasons I will be going back to England..This is a beautiful island..Keep it that way!

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  16. Stanley White
    Stanley White December 28, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    i pass there for the first time this evening and that stench will kill you

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  17. Di-sharon Boyce
    Di-sharon Boyce December 28, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    All ministers want charging, how on earth can you just allow this nonsense to go on, I hope that none of you all go to people house begging for votes election time. #dlpneedtogo

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  18. Niles Pamela
    Niles Pamela December 28, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Sounds like an emergency!

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  19. Nathalie Bilodeau
    Nathalie Bilodeau December 29, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Just do something. Not only for tourists (come on we’re there 1 or 2 weeks) but for the locals ( honestly, how long sice drinking water is contaminated) and businesses… Tapas has been my number 1 for years but even though I wanted to encourage the business this year, I turned around as the smell was so horrible I could not eat anything…. And what about the sea water and animals… Don’t think this is going around coconut court, sugar bay or Accra? What the f… are they waiting for?????

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    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones December 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Nicole Clarke ive been saying so for a while. I hate to say it too but if it wasn’t a tourist area I don’t think these idiots in government would even bother if it was only affecting residents. As it is, it’s a busy tourist area and they aren’t even bothering.

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    • Nicole Clarke
      Nicole Clarke December 29, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Its so sad and sickening Cecily Jones

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    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones December 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Nicole, do you think it’s just ignorance, incompetence, a lack of accountability or what? I just cannot understand how a government can allow a situation to get so out of hand? I could never trust a word that comes out of their mouths. If they say that there are no health issues, then you know for sure there are. It’s as if they’ve never heard of cholera. I live in Hastings but thankfully I’m off island for a while otherwise I really don’t know what I would do. People need to take themselves down to government house and protest.

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    • Nathalie Bilodeau
      Nathalie Bilodeau December 29, 2017 at 11:37 am

      My question would be: is there someone that could befefit from this taking so long to fix? Where does the patrons/clients go now that they escape this area? What is the impact on the land value in this stretch that is one of the most pricy on the island? Just asking…..

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  20. Fatima Hafeji
    Fatima Hafeji December 29, 2017 at 12:30 am

    all talk no action, no accountability, meantime, if we don’t pay our taxes as individuals we will suffer the consequences, the government is allowed to tell us things take time, week after week

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  21. luther thorne December 29, 2017 at 12:47 am

    The Sewage situation sums up the tenure of this administration.

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  22. luther thorne December 29, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Pure She-ite

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  23. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 29, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Adrian I was wondering why the ministry of health still allowed the fast foods entity to operate. In a health institution all work would have to come to an end.
    But the patrons still going to the establishment.

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  24. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt December 29, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Hmm

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  25. hcalndre December 29, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Sheldine Dyall; only in Barbados.

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  26. Alex Alleyne December 29, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Any thing / any word from the PM on this issue ???. The Minister , poor fella.

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  27. Harry December 29, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I find it strange that the GM of the BWA although blaming business places in the area for introducing items which should not be put in the sewerage system has not identified these items it might if this information was made public.

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  28. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 29, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Family members & Friends due to visit BIM AVIOD the area period.

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley December 29, 2017 at 5:25 am

      EVERYONE needs to avoid it because you can be sure any illness’s through that could be blamed on this will be hushed up very quickly

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  29. Shaquille December 29, 2017 at 5:04 am

    I read the article in the newspaper. All the debris that is clogging the system and the picture of the damaged equipment with the rags is authentic. A friend of mine is part of the crew. What the hotels, guest houses and residents are doing is stupid because you should know not to let this type of stuff to get into the sewage system. Now some labourer at BWA has to clean the drains, the equipment while inhaling the fumes. Be that as it may this is a crisis caused by an outdated sewage system, inept maintenance and inconsiderate people living or working in the area. As much as people talk bout this situation imagine the horror of the poor labourers who have to flush or clean out these underground blocked mains.

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  30. Jules Baxter
    Jules Baxter December 29, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Darren O’neill, latest Hastings sewage situation.

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  31. trevor daniel December 29, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Lets get all the BLP candidates up there with brooms and mops in hand to clean up the sewer mess. Since this problem was started by the BLP installing those inadequately small diameter pipes to carry the load in Owen Arthur time.

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    • harry turnover December 29, 2017 at 7:42 am

      If ERROL BARROW din get INDEPENDENCE in 1966,none of this would have happened .He should have had the FORESIGHT like TOM ADAMS and his Highway to have installed a sewage system before cookie jars ,10 per cents, cut backs and the greases became the norm when one got the reins.

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  32. Bajan boy December 29, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Why Sealy and Boyce dont go and swim in it and carry along Denis Low and Estwick this time. They should also make sure Stuart,Sinkler and Inniss enjoy the ride..

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  33. Lorenzo December 29, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Trevor Daniel,you are a j/a imagine people on the South Coast battling serious health issues and you on here blaming the BLP for the mess,wheen this Government was warned about this two years ago and as usual did nothing.If you lived up there or had family there how would you feel ?this is typical of Dems to blame others for their incompetence,i hope no visitor gets ill and bring a lawsuit against this Government.By the way this Project as I understand it was initiated by the Sandiford administration around 1992,Mr Daniel

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  34. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph December 29, 2017 at 6:13 am

    The mass of materials choking the sewer line makes me wonder if some person/s are not deliberately sabotaging the system. Investigations need to done into why these stubborn solid materials are in a liquid environment.

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    • Curtis Brewster
      Curtis Brewster December 29, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Ralph, the authorities should have expected that some unwanted material would have gotten into the system and built a mechanism to trap it and I would say at the customer. this was a crucial step missed that should be corrected going forward.

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    • Willz Power
      Willz Power December 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Stupse

      Hosh

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  35. jrsmith December 29, 2017 at 7:12 am

    This is as far as things go in Barbados .. The real problem the politicians have no real concern other than looking out for themselves, this problem was there for decades ……………..
    Where is our educated people ,who as a Barbadian is technically fixing this sewage problem , or are we waiting for some one from timbucktoo better still cant God fix this problem……………..
    ****************************************************
    Well our untrustworthy don’t care politicians , have completely destroyed our country ….
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  36. Tony Webster December 29, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I walked the boardwalk yesterday, around 8.30am, starting from K.F.C., and heading West. A mere 100 yards later, I noticed a huge stench, and the water (high tide) was discoloured and definitely “brown”. Looking around, I noticed there was a storm drain immediately adjacent, flowing hard into the surf, and looking inland, I could see the “Lantern Mall”.

    No need to test the water. There was no public notices seen , like flags or warnings to fool-hardy sea-bathers. “Board-walkers” were also carefully avoiding being splashed by the surf which was wetting the boardwalk in places.

    the “Relevant authority / authorities, have eventually “come clean”, but the folks need to put up some signs NOW to warn bathers, particularly those down-stream of this obvious danger. Yes, there are plenty of large hotels in the line of fire, including “our” Hilton.

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  37. Eugene Holder
    Eugene Holder December 29, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I suppose it is easy to say that the businesses should be closed. Agreed that it is an unhealthy situation, but this has been affecting businesses for as much as five years. This would mean that some businesses as far down as Garrison would have to close. Banks, restaurants, Supermarkets, doctor’s offices, apartments and hotels would have to close. Who will bear the losses for the closures? Insurance companies, business owners or persons just being unemployed? Most business already suffer reduced patronage because of this situation. Those that have other branches may be able to afford to do so. There is so much more involved than just closing until this problem is fixed in another year or so.

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  38. Anne Hunte
    Anne Hunte December 29, 2017 at 8:30 am

    FIX IT !!!

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  39. John Digger Benn
    John Digger Benn December 29, 2017 at 8:31 am

    look wat barbados come to doh..and froom say he serving he full term lhm.

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  40. Greengiant December 29, 2017 at 8:39 am

    @Dennis Taitt: Silence is golden in this case. I only recently learnt that all the domestic grease traps have been bypassed and the kitchen drains connected directly to the sewerage system in the catchment area of the South Coast Sewerage Treatment plant.

    I have checked mine, and they’re correct, so it’s clear that somebody fell asleep on the job during the installation or design phase. Wonder where were all the activists like Donovan and other opposition operatives. Of course though their party of choice was in government during the contractual phase. Problem in this country is that the activist are only active when their parties are in opposition. That’s both DLP and BLP activists, thats why we need as a nation to call time on these two parties, they are both the same.

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  41. Rishona Graham
    Rishona Graham December 29, 2017 at 9:47 am

    What is surprising is how people still going to eat food from KFC and Tapas totally baffled and Lucky Horseshoe!

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  42. M.D.M. December 29, 2017 at 9:55 am

    OK. The foreign “stuff” in the pipes may originate from hotels, restaurants, business places and people’s homes. They may well be part of the problem.

    However, at the end of the day, the buck stops with the B.W.A. and relevant Government departments. Prosecute the offenders if needs be. Years of neglect, poor management and lack of investment is now bubbling out of the ground – literally.

    It has taken way too long to fix the issue. Does the B.W.A. know what they are doing?

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  43. Han Deng
    Han Deng December 29, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Everyday I have to go through it when backing home, it is horrible

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  44. Andrew Rocka Hinkson
    Andrew Rocka Hinkson December 29, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Personally, I have totally abandoned that entire area. I refuse to use the road between Top Rock Roundabout and Hastings Police Station far less eat anything from any establishment within the affected area. Just stay away if possible, it’s a Health Hazzard !

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  45. Atman December 29, 2017 at 11:06 am

    This south coast sewage problem perfectly encapsulates and characterizes the Freundel Stuart Administration’s 2 terms in office.

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  46. Bart December 29, 2017 at 11:06 am

    This is all extremely disappointing and reckless. We are playing with a strong possibility of a bacterial outbreak on an island already with challenges within its medical services. I know that no-one wants to raise alarm to the possible threats to reduce panic but, it’s a known fact that though short-lived, biological contaminants in sewage can be suspended in the air. There should be immediate action to the surrounding businesses. Take action now to prevent further disaster later.

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  47. Helicopter (8P) December 29, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Mr Donovan you may be concerned but its a little unsettling here. The discrepency is being attended and matters are being adressed. It’s now a small change in the tide when Atlantic coast business pick up the slack and smaller establishments on the eastern seaboard get a small percentage of sales revenue; this would be a more nationalistic point of view, they are cities around the globe whose mean sea level is below “O” feet and have constant sewage runoff problems we wish that the perfect type system is employed on the island and that a proper scheduled maintenence program is implemented for the sustainability of the plant structure and equiptment. We wish you a better maintained sewer system in 2018 and beyond! Happy Mew Year Every one!!

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  48. Ossie Moore December 29, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Wanna done know bout big city people! When dem get hungry dem dus grab chicken ova rice at the nearest corner O’ de street wid the city sweeper blowing all kindo snot, Sh8 and dog down up yuh nose so done try to play pooh great here; we doing the best after all dem different administrations went through wid full pension. I gone!!

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  49. Mack December 29, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Barbados is operating as though no one is in charge.

    Why not ask the people who are drawing salaries, who should be in charge to resign.

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  50. Donild Trimp December 29, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    “In his latest update on attempts by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to address the problem, General Manager Keithroy Halliday said crews from the Wastewater Division were being overwhelmed with material that did not belong in the sewerage system”.

    So far so good with the above statement but then the cardinal mistake of trying to be too smart and playing the blame game with the following revelation —

    —– “it appeared to come from large hotels or guest houses”.

    Previous to the above statement, this gentleman seemed to know what he was talking about now he is making the same mistake as the talkative blame game lady who made a fool of herself in attempting to explain what is causing this problem.

    Now we have this Mr.Halliday who up until making the above statement seemed ok, braying the same tune with different words. What kind of intelligent managers are running things in Barbados? Why are all these managers so daft?

    Mr.Halliday, now that you know where all this junk into the sewer system is coming from, work with the appropriate authorities and fix it because it is an easy fix.

    Mandate that all Hotels and Guest Houses install a strainer on their sewer outlet before connecting to the Government’s sewer system. If there is a blockage from junk thrown into the sewer, it will block up and overflow on their property. Don’t think they will want sewer overflowing on their own property even if it caused by their own incompetence.

    Restaurant grease dumping leads to sewage clogs that leads to sewer failures. The liquid grease solidifies in the cooler temperatures of the sewer.

    This is not rocket science Mr.Holliday, so since you already know what is causing the problem, once again, work with the proper authorities and mandate that all restaurants and food preparation establishments install an appropriate gpm flow rate grease trap and make them pay to have the accumulated grease remove by a waste management company monthly.

    This is simple elementary stuff, get some backbone and fix this simple problem before it is too late.

    Stop ruining the tourism industry because that is all you have right now. The fickle tourism industry.

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  51. Dave Outside Looking In December 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    John Boyce….hang your head in shame
    BWA Executives…step down …shame on all of you
    People of Barbados…where is your community spirit. It could be your district next. March on mass to the homes of those in charge
    Mr Prime Minister this is a national disgrace. People, local and visitors cannot believe what the island under your administration is experiencing . The delinquency of administration has become the norm. The people are hurting in many quarters.

    For the good of the country, get a grip of the situation.
    You are in an age where visitors and locals have real choice in terms of destinations.

    This incompetence of such magnitude must stop.

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  52. milli watt December 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    chief medical officer and he crowd always in my place throwing bout dey weight but not a word now. as for BWA want to see this waste they pulling from the pipes finally I am satisfied with what is happening it speaks to the complete failure of THE DLP AND BLP

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  53. sue December 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    We recently returned from Barbados. have been going for many years. This year we made a point to dine at Tapas to show support for the restaurant. There was no smell owing to the tables being away from the road and our meal was delightful, as always. Two weeks out of 52 is not a very long time but I have to agree with commenters here who live in Bim that this has gotten to the point of absurdity. I can think of no other country ( except 3rd world) where this would just go on and on with no one seeming to be in charge and no one in Government seeming to care that this continues. And we certainly did notice that this same problem existed when we visited last year!! Come on Barbados Government! it’s long overdue for you to get something done here and stop blaming the area businesses. This is a Public health issue!!

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  54. jrsmith December 29, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    @,Dave Outside Looking in , hail , hail, your (12:28) this is right on target .. This is what Barbados has come to ,the politicians do what they like , when they like , say anything they like to cover themselves , have no regards for the black masses and is so confident ,that they are not accountable to any one other than the 1%ers …………………
    My take bajans have got to get real serious , before the new elections as to if they want to suffer as they have and still is , by our failed politicians the present government, but should consider if this said government wins the upcoming elections what the hell would happen in Barbados, …………..
    My scary moment ,how would we get rid of the failed untrustworthy lot which is there at the moment…. We need to control our politicians in Barbados don’t matter who they are we should not allow politicians to sit in office doing nothing for 2 terms ,other than collecting wages…………..
    An act of parliament namely so the (Accountability Act 2017) which give the voters the automatic right , to use the same votes which put (MPs ) in office to remove them if they are not working in the interest of the people……….
    What if a new government will only happen after the new elections if they would only be a ……………..coalition ………….

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  55. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd December 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I tried to read all the comments but there are too much. Government cant see nor hear what is going on? Cant they see how it is affecting businesses and homes? This is totally ridiculous smh. If it just maybe a few months until election but they like they plan to run this country into the ground. Wannah getting on like wannah aint Bajans. This island belong to we so fah God’s sake help it nah!!!

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  56. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd December 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    This is one thing I dont feel like sharing cause my friends from over-in-away might see this and dont come 🙁

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  57. Belfast December 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    But look at KFC! located right over the outhouse and still operating.
    I would have thought that the Ministry of Health would have long ago adopted measures similar to those used in the control of Foot and Mouth Disease, by insisting that all businesses along the South Coast utilise disinfected mats at their entrances.

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  58. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 29, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    KEEP WAITING ON THESE ON THESE HOUSE SLAVES TO GET ANYTHING DONE, PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE COMMON SENSE ENOUGH TO AVOID THE AREA…WHERE EATING AND DRINKING IS CONCERNED

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  59. Belfast December 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    The South Coast sewerage system is some 20 years old, and we have just heard from the hotshot imported head of the BWA that we need a new sewerage system. Said in the same vein as Transport Board needing new buses to replace relative new buses, or the SSA and the Ambulance Service need to renew their single digit aged fleet.
    The London sewerage system was installed in the late 1880’s , the original sewer system is still in use, but over the years has been expanded as London grew. Our planners always seem not to take the country’s growth and development into consideration when constructing large projects. The present BWA’s HQ
    and the SSA’s HQ Palace excepted.

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  60. jrsmith December 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    @, Belfast ,hail,hail, your (4:15) these are the issues needing real bajans attention, the wider picture the country’s infrastructure has been neglected for 4 plus decades , but our politicians found a good excuse in climate change and doing what they like , because they are not accountable………………………………….

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  61. SamPillie December 29, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I think that we either ordered the wrong pumps or Mr. Halliday is a stranger from the truth. All sewerage pumps are designed with impellers to chew up any plastic, cloth, bones and everything except for hard metals.

    Why can’t we by-pass the area which have the blockage? If the technical staff were monitoring the system properly then they would have seen things going wrong before they got to this stage.

    Time to redundant the old guards and employ some new blood, because it should have never got to this stage.

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  62. SamPillie December 29, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Fire the entire group, Government and the (BWA) Board.

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  63. Carolina December 29, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    This problem is not only the government problem it is also the citizens of Barbados problem as well. instead of throw plastic bottle etc it should all be recycled stop putting garbage in the street use the dustbins and instead of using plastic bags buy the reusable bag all the trash that you throw in the street it will cloud up the drains when you have lots of rain. I find the bajans talk a lot but when it comes to changing thing they can’t seem to agree.
    And to be honest Barbados need an new government and a government who is going to stop selling out everything to the Trinidad I go to Barbados 2 Times year but I find that every where I go I hear that every year the Trinidians are taking over Barbados but when I say to the Barbadians to do something about they said me what can I do. I can go on and on but I just wish that the citizens of Barbados will stop this lay back way and fight for they island because Barbados is an beautiful island

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  64. Gee December 30, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Deal with the first public problem. Damaged sewer caps that are causing the sewage to flow into the streets. Get new sewers caps immediately to stop that flow and have a disinfectant truck sweep the streets. Then the bwa staff can deal with the problems underneath without all the public being affected. It’s a bandage and the root cause must be handled…but ppl have always known the streets were over a sewage they just never had to deal with it directly. Cap the holes. Let it flow somewhere else.

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  65. Buun December 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I was driving by one day last week and saw a visiting family pushing a baby in a stroller while cars drive by and splash up the road and sidewalks (Now imagine that!). And you tell me, we are not smart enough to do anything become this becomes a health risk. Yes, I said it … I will be come a health risk … just look ath other places in the world that neglected to do anything to protect the people from diseases spreading. But the DEM will say it’s not they problem now! They don’t care about us! Go and tell it to the Devil!

    Everyone that commute in or through that ares is spreading germs be it on they shoes, car tires and to their homes! I just not going by that area unless someone from the DEMs can stand in it and tell me it is safe!

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  66. Buun December 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I was driving by one day last week and saw a visiting family pushing a baby in a stroller while cars drive by and splash up the road and sidewalks (Now imagine that!). And you tell me, we are not smart enough to do anything until this becomes a global health risk. Yes, I said it … I will be come a global health risk … just look at the other countries in the world that neglected to do anything to protect the people and environment from the spread of diseases. But the DEM will say it’s not they problem now! They don’t care about us! Go and tell it to the Devil!

    Everyone that commute in or through that area is spreading germs, be it on they shoes or car tires and to their homes! I’m just not going by that area unless someone from the DEMs can stand in it and tell me it is safe!

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  67. Buun December 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Adrian, the people will just have to STOP going by that area for their own safety. The people still have choices to shop and eat! All is not hopeless!

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