US and Canada advisories regrettable – BHTA

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) today expressed regret over the travel and health advisories issued by the United States and Canadian governments to their citizens in light of the sewage mess along this island’s south coast.

Yesterday, the government in Ottawa, through the Public Health Agency of Canada, issued the safety and security warning, advising its residents to avoid the affected area, while the US issued a health alert telling its citizens to “avoid water activities in the affected areas” on the south coast between St Lawrence Gap and Hastings and to “beware of sewage on the streets”.

In a statement issued tonight following talks with the management and technical team at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), which is responsible for coming up with a workable fix, the BHTA said the advisories underscored the need for urgent remedial action.

While suggesting that the situation should have been avoided, the BHTA said even though it was very disappointed that not enough progress had been made over the past year in resolving the problem, it remained focused on finding solutions.

“The travel and health advisories which have been issued as a caution, though regrettable, reiterate what we have been trying to avoid by urging heightened and more urgent action.

“The BHTA regrets that our members, staff, guests and residents have had to endure this failure to manage the challenges of the sewerage system,” the BHTA statement said, adding that “it is our belief that this matter must engage those at the highest level and all resources required must be made available immediately”.

At the same time, the hotel association said it was “heartened that over the past two to three days the affected areas have remained dry and clear as the work continues”.

Following today’s meeting, BHTA CEO Rudy Grant also said that an assurance was given by the BWA that the current repair work would be completed within three months.

“In the meantime, it is expected that they will continue the current short-term mitigating measures to provide relief to businesses and residents in the affected areas.

“It is critical, particularly as a result of the advisories issued, that there is constant assessment and review of the short term measures implemented, to ensure that there is no reoccurrence of this situation. It is imperative that every possible action is taken to safeguard brand Barbados and the wellbeing of Barbadians, residents and visitors,” Grant said.

24 Responses to US and Canada advisories regrettable – BHTA

  1. Freeagent January 11, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Most people want to see an end to the sewage problem on the south coast and the BWA is working tirelessly to solve the problem. However, problems arise in Europe and North America but the Caribbean islands do not issue advisories to their residents not to visit these countries, yet as soon as anything happens in the Caribbean these large countries are very quick to issue travel advisories to their residents. Presently there is a flu outbreak in these large countries but I have not seen advisories urging Caribbean residents not to visit them. What is sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander? Ha Ha

  2. Bajan boy January 11, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Freeagent you is a real cun# DO THOSE COUNTRIES DEPEND ON US FOR ANYTHING? Wunnah DLP johnnies need to really wake andsee beyond the iliteracy and carelessness of Musty George Street. Bajans deserve better. How many bajans go to those countries? We have people unemployed for months now and cannot feed their families because of that mess. You Freundel,Sealy Boyce, Estwick,Kellman, Lowe and Stinkler the water just like he should go and swim in it and whilst wunnah at drink some…

    • hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 3:41 am

      Bajan boy; you have been right on point.

  3. Mark Rosmar January 11, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Barbados needs to get serious about taking care of basic challenges. All the anecdotes that you could share about the US and Canada there is never a sense of the loss of control that Barbados seems to resign itself to when it comes to these issues as compared to large developed countries.

  4. Carson C. Cadogan January 11, 2018 at 10:53 am

    “”US warns Americans to ‘exercise increased caution’ when travelling to Jamaica
    Thursday, January 11, 2018 “”

    • Buun January 11, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Carson you’re another Johnny as well. Are we living in Jamaica?

      Just because you have access to the internet, please don’t use it as idiot tool!

    • hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 3:45 am

      @CCC; so what the Jamaica warning has to do with Barbados?

  5. Helicopter(8P) January 11, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Town and country planning needs to take a very decisive look and action as to how it conducts business now and in the future of this nation. No one administration is to bear fault they all have to bear it for the past eighteen years. One clear and positive policy is to have businesses closed for the duration of upgrading the pipeline system and relocating some of the ones who can; to locations throughout the island. This sounds tough but at least you would not be sitting for the any day now syndrome! Warrentees and overhaul and maintenance procedures need to be strategically put in place. Man hours are expensive so productivity is at its prime importance due to salary demands. This is a new Barbados. Above and beyond!

  6. milli watt January 11, 2018 at 11:14 am

    want England to join the other two……… don’t mind this crowd from the BHTA they would sell their own for a buck

  7. Laurie flake January 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

    There is already an advisory in the U.K.

    • milli watt January 11, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      yuh lie…………….hehehehehehehe nniiiccceeeeee want the Caricom brothers and sisters to raise their voices

  8. Belfast January 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    The local health authority keeps telling us that the sea waters along the south coast where the sewer is spilling out are safe.
    Could it be that before issuing this advisory that the US and Canada carried out tests on samples of water sent to them?
    Canada and the USA are not suckers to just take the word of the local authorities, like how we here in the Caribbean took the word of the South American manufacturers of Corned Beef.

  9. jrsmith January 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Who is really shouting about the sewage , everything that’s wrong in Barbados is the politicians fault …. Where are they all hiding , they cannot claim climate change on the sewage problems ….
    We need to make our politicians more accountable that’s why we are where we are , things is going to get worst in Barbados before anything gets better…………..
    We are so educated where is our bajan engineers to put the system right………..

    • hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 3:59 am

      jrsmith; the bajan engineers and friends that are given these jobs, big salaries don`t have a clue when problems arise, when the problems get bigger, then they have to send for outside help, that`s the reason most of these jobs are advertised for persons from outside of Barbados.

  10. jrsmith January 11, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    We need to design and install our own systems in Barbados, to bring the neglected infrastructure into the 21st century………
    @,Bajan boy , hail, hail , your (8:10) on the button we seems not to learn anything , from happenings around the world……..

  11. Kathy January 11, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    There are always challenges where ever you go. I know that every right thinking person want this sewage problem resolved and i know that the authorities are trying their best to sort out the problem. I just travelled to the USA and after the snowstorm last week JFk international airport was plagued with problems casing cancellations and untold heartache for passengers. Then they had a burst main which flooded the arrivals hall causing further problems and delays. I personally had to stay on an additional five days. All these problems cause the governor of New York to remark that the JFK incident was handled like a third world country. He has called for an investigation into the incident. So you see problems arise it is finding the solution that matters. I am sure that BWA is working on it.

    • David Brathwaite January 11, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      You do realize that they knew about this over three years ago and two ministers chose to go swimming in the water near the outflow to “prove” there was no sewerage issue, right?

    • Buun January 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      After working on it after three years, maybe this problem needs the right minds behind it to solve, right?

    • hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 4:28 am

      Kathy; first of all, the problem at JFK was not cause by neglect, it was the freezing temperatures that cause the pipe(s) to burst while the sewage stink was acting up for 3 years. You said the governor of NY made his remark, he did not sit in his comfort zone and if proved that what happened was the fault of anyone they would be fired, have the PM paid a visit to the areas or said anything and he is only a stone throw away. President Obama flew out to Flint, Michigan to get a first hand look at the water problem there and this PM could have taken a walk to the area and he is yet to be heard or seen there.

  12. Buun January 11, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    This is good for Barbados because these laggards will have to do something about it after 3 years. Not to worry, Freundel will throw another party at the end of this month.

    I love about Canada, because they don’t play around with public health issues.

    Now Freundel will have to wake up and address the problems with urgency to save his end of the month parties with visitors at temporarily home.

  13. Buun January 11, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    This is good for Barbados because these laggards will have to do something about it after 3 years. Not to worry, Freundel will throw another party at the end of this month.

    I love Canada, because they don’t play around with public health issues.

    Now Freundel will have to wake up and address the problems with urgency to save his end of the month parties with visitors at temporarily home.

  14. Tony Waterman January 11, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    @Freeagent!!!!! It is Silly/Stupid people like you that are no help at all.If this would have been in any of the Countries in Europe or in North America (I can speak about Canada) Some one would have been FIRED?REPLACED and the problem Fixed, what did the POWERS in barbados do when this came to light ??? the welded down the Manhole Cover(s) that were being pushed up by the Pressure of the Sewage, instead of trying to find out why there was pressure where they should have been NONE.

    Those Countries that you are referring to Have a RESPONSIBILIRY to let their Citizens be aware of these things,this has NOTHING to do with picking on the Caribbean.

    Also,These Large Countries that you speak of are not looking for anything from us, they can do without us,

    YES,there are presently FLU outbreaks in COLD Countries, that is Nothing New it Happens EVERY YEAR during the Winter Season, and that is also why so many of them leave their Countries at this time of the Year, but they surely will NOT want to Come to someplace with SEWAGE running in the Streets, to Probably Catch CHOLERA.

    we in Barbados also have the Flu from time to time, i Remember the ASIAN FLU that devasted Barbados back in the Day,and one must remember that diseases are being spread more easily now, with air Travel as speedy as it is.

    Issuing an advisory is a way of them protecting their Country from Transmission of Diseases.

  15. hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Tony Waterman; you were right in letting Freeagent and others know that the Flu is a yearly thing in NA and there are hospitals and centers where you get free Flu shots.

  16. Ralph w Talma January 12, 2018 at 7:31 am

    1. @Tony Waterman. Thank you Sir for getting to the core of both problems so succintly. Prevention is always better than cure, and I for one had my free flu-jab in Dec. Those in authority in B’dos waited too long, and the cure will now be a lot more expensive for the Treasury and also for those depending on expenditure from visiting tourists.
    2. As I said before – what a way to start a New Year. I send my hopes and best wishes to all Bajans.


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