BWA announces partial shutdown along south coast

As part of a series of emergency measures designed to address the chronic sewage leaks on the south coast, the state-owned Barbados Water Authority (BWA) will tonight shut off the drinking water supply from Jemmotts Lane, on the outskirts of The City, to Carter’s Gap, Christ Church.

However, BWA General Manager Keithroy Halliday is telling affected residents and businesses along the south coast that the midnight to 4 a.m. shutdown was a “small” sacrifice for them to ensure the quality of the potable water in the sewage-affected area was not compromised.

Halliday said the authority would be carrying out investigations into the sewage network and as such needed to ensure that when the underground work was being done, the wastewater and the potable water did not mix.

“This, [the shutoff] is to facilitate a further CCTV inspection of the sewer network which is separate and distinct from the potable water network. However, as the use of potable
water leads to the creation of wastewater in the sewer network, the BWA is asking residential and commercial customers and those with domestic and commercial tanks to assist with this exercise by restricting their use of water during the time of the shutdown. Ideally, the sewer lines need to be empty in order to accommodate the inspection,” he revealed.

“Ongoing investigation of the sewage network in the Hastings and Worthing, Christ Church area by the Wastewater Division (WWD) of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) discovered a breach in the network system along the Hastings and Worthing, Christ Church area,” he said.

The BWA boss said this breach was discovered as WWD crews were attempting to clear a block in the line in the Worthing area. The block was discovered during a cleaning and flushing programme to address overflows on the south coast.

He said that due to the unique position and design of the aged south coast sewage network, special equipment and materials were needed to begin the corrective work.

The BWA general manager said technical team met with the work crews in an effort to formulate a plan to start the process of repairing the breach and removing the blockage. He also explained that the shut off would only affect customers along the coast and not those further inland.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the south coast residents Adrian Donavan told Barbados TODAY that while the water shut off would be a major inconvenience, they were prepared to do what was necessary to ensure their current problems were permanently rectified.

“This will mean that some restaurants may have to close for business, but we all want solutions,” Donavan added.

20 Responses to BWA announces partial shutdown along south coast

  1. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea January 9, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Wonna late!!!!!

  2. Troy Whitehall
    Troy Whitehall January 9, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Dem wait to late now it so hurtful

  3. Seanstar Bradshaw
    Seanstar Bradshaw January 9, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Better late than never!

  4. Casandra Greaves
    Casandra Greaves January 9, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Christopher Barnett

  5. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne January 9, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Long live the South Coast.

  6. Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock
    Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock January 9, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Took yall sweet time….canada just issued an advisory warning

  7. John Everatt January 10, 2018 at 12:37 am

    After 2 years of this, businesses having to close their doors, a travel advisory warning the the Canadian government and families having to move out you decide to inspect for leaks. Look at the havoc you have caused. Please don’t expect cheers and adulation from the people here. You have changed your story many times and want to blame everyone else but the truth is your lies, deceit and inaction have done a lot of damage to this country both economically and reputation wise. It is in the news throughout our source markets. What happened to the local septic company that last week said they could have this fixed in a week. Did you never even give them a listen? You and the politicians who appointed you are a joke.

    • Carson C Cadogan January 10, 2018 at 8:24 am

      How many businesses have closed down??

      Leak inspection has been ongoing.

      No lies have been told unless they have been told to you alone.

      Where is the deceit and inaction??

      • Leroy January 10, 2018 at 9:00 am

        You still defending the indefensible? stupid idiot you are.

        • Carson C Cadogan January 10, 2018 at 9:42 am


          takes one to know one.

      • sue January 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm

        Carson C Cadogan do you really think it is normal for this type of thing to be going on for 2 years? As a tourist i can tell you it is not. And I read local news daily when in Barbados AND after I return to the U.S. I have not read ONE word from the Prime Minister of your country. And now you have stories coming out of tourists who have experienced gastroenteritis shortly after dining in the effected area. Wake up. Canada’s travel advisory has now taken this another step. People have choices and there are destinations where sewage does not run down the streets. Most other countries would call this what it is…………a Public Health emergency.

        • Carson C Cadogan January 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm


          Have you visited Kentucky in the recent past??

        • Carson C Cadogan January 10, 2018 at 1:19 pm


          The same raw sewage thing happen in Seattle. The beaches were over run with raw sewage.

          It took a while to correct the problem.

          The same way that technicians are working here to correct the problem. Its not like everyone here have thrown their hands up in the air and are doing nothing about it.

          It is not a nice situation to face, but people like you and John Everatt are trying to create the illusion that absolutely nothing is being done or was being done to remedy the situation. Which is far from the truth and you know it.

          • sue January 10, 2018 at 2:55 pm

            2 years. Where else can you say this kind of problem existed and was not corrected for 2 years? We are waiting for your answer……………………….

  8. Richard Johnston January 10, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Nothing like treating the symptoms instead of the disease.

  9. BIG SKY January 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    It doing now because of the TRAVEL ADVISORY.Barbadians complaining to this Government about anything, has no weight but as soon as THE TOURIST or BIG UPS sneeze,a solution is found.

  10. jrsmith January 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    All comments is taking us no where , where is our politicians they are the ones who has brought our country to the mess its in …..They are the ones who continuously lie to us all , they are the ones who don’t really care ,they are the ones who so long the 1%ers is ok along with they political friends and some other the ones who are protected , they are okay………………………
    …………………………….. My take the system seems never to work properly, its too old and inadequate , the government had 2 terms in office to have upgrade the system from 2 pints to 10 gallons ……..But our people will suffer over the fact the total infrastructure in Barbados was neglected for 4 decades……..

  11. Helicopter(8P) January 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Certainly as Barbadians resturants owners effect must have other known locations or friends who have space avalable to temporaly accomodate your guest and patrons; no one man is an island so we believe the East coast resturants and guest houses could pull some slack or be prepared to do so.

  12. milli watt January 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    this ain’t start with the DLP this started with the BLP it was passed to this crowd and them mess it up proper. Situation brewing at the Kensington Oval where a report revealed some of the ineptitude this country suffering from at the hands of a group that ought to know better stupse. So far we got the South Coast Sewage Project, Kensington……….waiting on the next crisis to hit.

  13. Lorenzo January 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Milli Watt who cares where it start.The Government is supposed to remedy problems DLP apologist.Tell the people on the South Coast othe tourists that walking through sewerage that,J/A.All you Dems good for is blaming other people for your incompetence.The answer is simple fix the problem or STFU.You care nothng about your fellow bajans only about party but your feeding at the trough will come to and end.For your previous statement about leaving the situation as it is is the height of insensitivity,whether sacarstic or not,


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