For tourism sake, fix the sewage mess – Watson

An independent Senator today called on Government to do whatever it takes to fix the south coast sewage problems, while expressing concern that the situation was doing untold damage to the island’s tourism brand.

Against the backdrop of recent warnings issued the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada to their citizens about visiting the popular tourism strip, independent Senator and businessman John Watson warned the Upper House that the job being done by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority in attracting visitors to the island, stood to be significantly undermined by the ongoing sewerage system failure.

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has been struggling for months to fix the sewage leaks that have been particularly prevalent in the Hastings/Worthings area, with at least one food outlet forced to close its doors to date.

The Worthing Post Office has also closed its operations indefinitely while the BWA so far has failed to come up with a sustainable fix to the vexing issue.

Watson argued that most visitors come to Barbados for the sand and sea, with the other attractions serving as add-ons. Therefore, he said it was vital that more was done to protect the marine environment, including the coral reefs, the island’s landscape, roads and other infrastructure.

The independent senator was also concerned about the number of garbage pile-ups and the amount of littering that is taking place in the country.

11 Responses to For tourism sake, fix the sewage mess – Watson

  1. John Everatt January 25, 2018 at 6:50 am

    The BWA has done nothing to resolve this problem in the last 2 years. They will probably not do anything in the future. Fmbles states yesterday that things re improving but he would not have driven past Hastings yesterday as the sewer was a fountain of sewage as is has been for the last year.

  2. Sue January 25, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Well, we don’t return until Dec. 2018 If it has not been resolved permanently by then I would imagine more businesses will have closed and we will bypass shopping at Big B and stick to Warren’s for our groceries. What a shame.

  3. F.A.Rudder January 25, 2018 at 11:18 am

    The sewerage intake must be injected with acid dilution processes before it’s placed in settling ponds or tanks. The highly acidic sludge and chemicals are destroyers to the concrete plumbing and constantly erode the walls. Types of plumbing are important to the sewerage system which can be costly. Pumps are affected by acidic solutions eating the impellers to just spinning disks!

  4. Tee White January 25, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    For tourists’ sake? What about for Bajans’ sake? Steuuuuuupse

  5. Buun January 25, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I guess they will have to dig up the entire south coast to fix this problem because they do not have a clue where the problem(s) exist. If they did, I would be fixed already, correct?

    So don’t let them fool you, they are just guessing with the taxpayers money and IDB money trying first figure out where the problem(s) are and where to start. Like someone said earlier, we will be soon renaming south coast to Jobby Coast in honour of the DLP!

  6. Mark January 25, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    The US Embassey today sent out an advisory to their people in Barbados that the drinking water has a very high bacterial content and should be boiled before drinking.
    My take on this sewerage problem is that all property owners should immediately asses the viability of going back to using their old septic tank and suckwell systems.
    The Environmental Health dept should be consulted to establish which wells can be brought back into use by making appointments with individual stakeholders.
    Not all properties will be able to do this but it should take the pressure off the south coast sewerage system until it can be fixed.
    In addition all new and larger prooerties such as condos and hotels should be rquired by the Env Health and planning dept to install a tertiary sewerage system on the property and only discharge grey water into the sewer

  7. Carson C. Cadogan January 25, 2018 at 8:30 pm


    Take a read::

    Fort Lauderdale Agrees To Borrow Money To Tackle Sewage Problems

    Sewage has been spilling into Fort Lauderdale’s streets, neighborhoods and waterways for more than three years now. Millions of gallons of waste on the roads and in canals are the product of old sewage pipes and cracked infrastructure.

    But at a regular City Commission meeting Tuesday, commissioners agreed to borrow $200 million to start updating the areas with the worst pipes.

    for how many years??? Where is this happening Watson?? And for how many years??

    Is this the South coast of Barbados we are talking about??

    • Crane Beach January 29, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Carson Cadogan, two wrongs don’t make a right. Don’t deflect from the mess plaguing Barbadian and tourists on the South coast. It is a national embarrassment!

  8. Buun January 26, 2018 at 1:14 am

    You sure this is not the DLP strategy to take Barbados back to pit toilet days. Our PM did say we have it too good and we should regress our development as a coutry.

  9. Tom Brabenec January 26, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Please don’t hold your breath. The reality is that the bwa simply doesn’t have the resources nor does it have properly qualified personnel to tackle this job. As for the health minister, well he should stick to playing dominoes! Bring in the engineers from abroad who will show you how to solve the problem. So sad, that even the health minister has to lie to the people. Shame on you. Did you ever consider getting a real job?


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