Temporary fixes to south coast sewage problem holding, BWA says

Restaurants and other food outlets impacted by the more than yearlong sewage crisis on the south coast are being told they should not feel pressured to shut down, as the temporary fixes implemented by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) seem to be holding for the time being.

BWA Rapid Response and Communications Manager Joyann Haigh today reported that there had been no effluent on the streets for the past week and that businesses could take solace in the fact that there was progress in tackling the problem.

“We would have put the station in Bay Street online, we also took some customers offline and this is taking some of the load off the south coast sewage station and placing onto the Bridgetown sewage plant,” Haigh told Barbados TODAY while visiting affected areas this afternoon.

“The new pumps are actually taking a lot of the waste water off the streets. At the moment businesses can certainly take some confidence because even though nothing in life is certain, we are doing our best and we are highly optimistic about what has been done so far,” she stressed.

Local fast food chain Chicken Barn was forced to close its Worthing branch last month after giving up on battling raw sewage flowing into its compound for more than year, and has been performing renovations in the interim.

This afternoon Haigh revealed that the BWA was using this time to install a backflow preventer, adding that the water company was hopeful that the fast food restaurant would consider reopening its doors soon.

“Currently Chicken Barn is doing some renovations and we are taking that time to do some work on his establishment. The backflow preventer is going to be on the manhole that is located on his property and that would mean no more overflows for him. We really want to see the doors of that business reopen very soon, we want his people employed and we recognize that it was a hard blow for him. This is a prospect which a member of Chicken Barn’s management team, Adam Hyman, already said that the company would only consider once they are sure that issue of sewage flowing onto their property is fixed once and for all,” the BWA spokesperson said.

However, Haigh was reluctant to offer any guarantees that the disturbing stench and faeces would not return in the event of heavy rains, nor was she able to give a timeline for a permanent solution to the problem, which has already resulted in Canada, the United States of America and the United Kingdom issuing travel advisories, warning their citizens to take extreme caution in affected areas.

“Obviously nothing in life is guaranteed but we are highly optimistic that what we have done will hold. What we are doing however is monitoring the situation because we do have manholes on private properties that if the rain falls water would get into them. We have to speak to those owners to see what can be done, but the entire process will require some education,” Haigh said.

27 Responses to Temporary fixes to south coast sewage problem holding, BWA says

  1. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace January 13, 2018 at 12:38 am

    “The entire process will require some education.”
    Well anyway, hope this helps .

  2. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow January 13, 2018 at 2:24 am

    how long is Temporary? And is fix or fits

  3. Kathie Daniel Fertur Lux
    Kathie Daniel Fertur Lux January 13, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Where is the effluent going now? Into the sea off Worthing? concerned citizens and voters want to know.

  4. Kathie Daniel January 13, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Where is the effluent going now? Into the sea off Worthing? concerned citizens and voters want to know.

    • tedd January 13, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      one of the fixes is that KFC and some other places are no longer using the sewage systems and have gone back to using their septic tanks. thank god they did not remove them

  5. jrsmith January 13, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Temporary fix, what idiot people we have running this country, a bunch of educated fools , this was ongoing for years , we should now join Donald Trump adding Barbados to his list………………………..

  6. Cindy Bunting
    Cindy Bunting January 13, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Johann Haigh talks as good job.

  7. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 13, 2018 at 8:06 am


  8. DE January 13, 2018 at 8:35 am

    I want to see what is going to happen next. The report said they put Bay Street on line, took some of the people off from the south coast and put them on the Bridgetown sewage plant. I hope that they are still working to fix the problem on the South Coast plant and have those customer return back to that plant and not leaving them on the Bridgetown sewage plant and then say the problem is solve. Because when the build the big buildings on bay street (lol) they have to make room for that project.

  9. Jacqui Hodges
    Jacqui Hodges January 13, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Why has it taken more than a year to get a temporary fix in? What’s the plan for a permanent fix? We are still waiting to see the plan of action that was promised some time ago.

  10. Haroon Kara
    Haroon Kara January 13, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Last night bay street next to gov headquarters was smelling like sewage.does it have anything to do with the reconnection there wks ago hmmmmm

  11. milli watt January 13, 2018 at 9:46 am

    no more sewage in the streets………..stupse. I was enjoying the day to day drama. End of ACT 1 begin ACT 2

  12. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside January 13, 2018 at 10:06 am


  13. Alex Alleyne January 13, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I do hope the same Owners bring a law suit against the BWA for monies lost due to closure. What “temporary fixes” are you talking about. YOU CANNOT TEMPORARY FIX A PIT TOILET.

  14. luther thorne January 13, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Which political Party Joyann running for ?
    The UPP got vacancies
    At least she can talk up a storm but Talk is cheap.
    Joyann for Politics anyone.

  15. luther thorne January 13, 2018 at 10:38 am

    A man cant sit and sh** in peace before um aint all over the place. From here to there to there. What are they doing to a man’s doodo? Cant a man have some peace please ?

  16. Buun January 13, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I don’t know about you, but I won’t be eating in any restaurants around that area until there is permanent fix this sewage problem.

  17. luther thorne January 13, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Not eating in Restaurants ?
    Man I am not even passing through the South . Sorry but that place does not exist right now for me. Bloody inept Government.!
    But Hey ! We are not perfect. We 3rd world , We poor ! We Black ! We were Slaves ! Maybe Trump is correct !

    Excuses Excuses and throwing blame
    Epic Fail !!!

  18. archy perch January 13, 2018 at 11:16 am

    luther thorne is officially on his hunger strike until general elections are called???

  19. Helicopter(8P) January 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    With all due respect I must say to you Mr Hyman I wish you the best of out come for the renainder of the year. I know it’s unfortunate for you and your employees at this time. I would wish that there is a safety net for you and your employee during your temporary shut down. As a fellow Barbadian living abroad I wish you and your staff the best of the future.

  20. Belfast January 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    It stands to reason that if they have taken some of their major customers off the sewerage system that the capacity of the effluent within the pipeline will be reduced. But BWA cannot keep them off forever. And what to say that those customer onsite sewer wells and tanks, now pressed into service after 20 years of redundancy will not collapse and fail.

  21. Carlisle Norville January 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Joyanne Haigh, is NOT the manager, nor is she the engineers @ the B. W.A. she can only tell us what they tell her, ( so please you very unkind A** H***s give this nice lady, with a heart a break ,it’s the engineers that do the work, not Joyann.!& they pay grade far.far.far, above miss Haigh.!that joker Frundel struart that can only speak to us from illaro court ( why don’t you pack of lazy cowards tell that fool, you tired of him, & you want his A** out of parliament this scrap you bagans get on with makes me want to vomit nuff.nuff talk & cant STAND up for your RIGHTS don’t you see what intelligent whites & others do overseas they come out in their Numbers & DEMAND what they want you stupid bagans forget you put frundel in parlament & let all like he frighten you in believing you CANT do NOTHING wid he ( when will complacent bagans do what is the RIGHT thing.!

  22. Carlisle Norville January 13, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I am very sorry to have addressed my fellow Bagans as I did above, (I just can’t believe that bagans are so complacent, do you see what whites, & other right-thinking people do on the international scene, even in Trinidad our neighbor, they come out in the thousands, & demand CHANGE ( what on earth is wrong with Barbadians ,just full of PRIDE & have NO industry( happy New year)

    • shaft January 18, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Well said…

  23. eddy murray January 13, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Carlisle Norville, are you going to pay the people mortgages and give them a salary when the months come. That what they will ask you.\

  24. Helicopter(8P) January 17, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Eddy you right about that ! We have always been a lawful society that’s why we were used to build an international project such as the Panama canal! 22,000 of our countrymen and women, vast majority being foremen in their respective fields.


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