No more long talk on sewage spill – Donovan

Community activist Adrian Donovan said he was taking a promise by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart that a fix was on the horizon for the ongoing sewage mess on the south coast with a tiny pinch of salt.

Donovan, who has not been shy to speak out since raw sewage began flowing onto streets and the premises of businesses and residents more than a year ago, said Government had broken too many promises to fix the vexing problem, therefore he was not about to take the Prime Minister’s word this time around.

“I believe that all us here on the south coast would be actually comforted when we can see with our own two eyes that the problem has been fixed. At this stage we can only take the Prime Minister seriously when we see the results. We have had enough of all the pretty talk and long talk that we can handle. We want action,” Donovan told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

Speaking at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon on Wednesday, Stuart gave the assurance that the sewage problem would soon be a thing of the past, as the country embarks on a long-term solution with financial help from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Amid growing calls for him to break his silence on what the Barbados Water Authority described as a national crisis, the Prime Minister disclosed that he was in possession of a final report following extensive testing and assessments carried out by experts since December last year.

While he did not give details of the report, nor did he reveal how much it would cost to resolve the crisis, Stuart explained that he would soon send the report to the IDB, which would then provide the necessary assistance.

“So we are committed in the short-term to mitigation measures where possible, but when all is said and done, the country needs to be assured the Inter-American Development Bank is involved in this. We have reports. The matter is being evaluated. There are experts in this area whose wisdom and insights we have to take seriously and therefore on whose wisdom and insights we rely . . . So the matter is receiving our daily attention,” he assured.

However, Donovan argued that with each false dawn the problem had worsened, and based current trends, little to no positive results could be expected.

“On Wednesday night in front of Lanterns the sewage was bubbling up at least a foot in the air. This is about a week after the Barbados Water Authority said that they put in a temporary solution. I would like to know which part of that was temporarily fixed. Right now the problem is worse than it has ever been, so as I said, I am not going to trust anything the Prime Minister or anybody says until I see real action,” Donovan stressed.

The constant flow of raw sewage onto the streets and the compounds of homes and businesses, mainly in Hastings and Worthing, Christ Church, has left locals and visitors alike worried, and the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) at a loss as to how to fix the problem.

The ongoing crisis has led to travel advisories by Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, which have cautioned their citizens here to “take normal security precautions” while here, with Washington further advising Americans 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 street”.

Despite these warnings from the three major source markets, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy today said there had been no adverse impacts on tourist arrivals.

“I am satisfied that . . . we are doing everything that we are supposed to do in order to ensure that brand Barbados is pushed in our traditional markets. We are seeing tremendous results because we gone past 660,000 tourist arrivals for 2017. So we are going in the right direction and the Barbados Water Authority is addressing the issues on the south coast,” Sealy told the media this morning at the launch site of a $5 million road rehabilitation project at Flagstaff, Wildey, St Michael, bankrolled by CAF Development Bank of Latin America.

18 Responses to No more long talk on sewage spill – Donovan

  1. Alex Alleyne January 26, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    The USA embassy spoke then you see all the “heads” came together “QIUCK-SO”.
    My friend, you have been out there how long now saying it over and over again “fix the problem”, ……and ??????????.

  2. Mack January 26, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    This sewage problem don’t need a PR spin. It need fixing!!!!

    • Mark My Word January 27, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Adrian Donovan aka the Mayor of Dover, aka Football Humbug, is a Community activist now, I thought he was the Opposition spokesman on Sewage.

  3. luther thorne January 26, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    This Government has to be the worse Government EVER
    How some can defend this Bunch of Jokers is really a mystery.

    They cannot solve any problems.
    Ten years of pure Sewage from the DLP
    Got Bajans eating and drinking Sewage now.

    An Absentee PM

    A Ceremonial PM
    Leadership wasted on

  4. John Everatt January 27, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Reports and studies never fixed anything. So at this late date the PM expects kudos because he has a report in his hand which he will soon present to the IDB? Mr Donovan is being far too kind in his words on this. I have stopped believing anything that this government and these lying ministers have to say. They have proven themselves deceitful and dishonest over and over again.

    “There are experts in this area whose wisdom and insights we have to take seriously” states the PM. Where were these “experts” 2 years ago “on whose wisdom and insights we rely”? And who are these experts that you have relied on? Too little too late as the damage has already been done. You and the BWA need to start telling the truth.

  5. luther thorne January 27, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Stop the Music

  6. hcalndre January 27, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Who and where have these experts come out from Mr. PM? where were they hiding and are they local experts? I hope not. These local friends get positions and big salaries to manage projects and when problems arise, then people with the expertise have to be brought in to fix them. I visited the National Stadium some years ago and I had to skip and hop over water to get to the urinal and surprising that Kensington Oval and the Gymnasium washrooms are no different. I wonder why they use galvanize that turns rusty and leaks instead of ceramic.

  7. harry turnover January 27, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Mr.PM ..that is BARE SH8 you talking…you mean to tell after all that has flowed onto the streets on the south Coast you NOW got a report in your hands ? you din know bout it before ? and were you NOW OFFICIALLY INFORMED ? or you now come out of the woodworks BECAUSE the BIG GUNS started talking about that SH8 crisis and the PM din saying NUTTEN ? didn’t even ADDRESS his NATION on the matter?
    Stuart gave the assurance that the sewage problem would soon be a thing of the past, as the country embarks on a long-term solution with financial help from the Inter-American Development BANK
    Of course IT WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST…if ya fix it.The Bank in gine fix it,….the Bank gine leh wunna de money…it STILL GOT TO GET FIX and from past EXPERIENCES, wunna gine dilly dally ,use DELAYING TACTICS close to March 15th and then probably call elections knowing full well that wunna in gine got to deal wid it

  8. milli watt January 27, 2018 at 8:40 am

    DON’T PANIC…………we playing for time.

  9. Buun January 27, 2018 at 8:42 am

    The Jobby job of the DLP.

  10. Tom Brabenec January 27, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Oh so now it’s above borrowing money to fix this mess? Really? How about asking the Brits, or possibly the Americans to fix this mess. Guess what? It won’t cost you half as much. But in good old bajan fashion we gonna borrow again, then we gonna raise de taxes. Well done guys! Keep up the great work!

    • Berestford Leon Phillips January 27, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Brab neck, Taxes is what pays for Government expenses you now come Mars or wat
      You either borrow and pay later or raise Taxes now or float bonds to get the money

      No Government don’t have a money tree
      TAXES is what pays the Expenses

  11. Berestford Leon Phillips January 27, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Barbados really full now of Educated persons without common sense

    • harry turnover January 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      …and you talking like you are entrenched in the bowels of the said sewage system…and loving it
      Barbados really full now of Educated persons without common sense…as though people doan know the REAL reason for this BORROWING

  12. Helicopter(8P) January 27, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    For what is being recorded by Mr Donovan it seems as though Friday nights when parties and dinning-out are in full swing along the south coast; the waste-water- sewage Volume increases to its limited factor in the plumbing mains and due to increased volume the gradents and pressures needed for pressure/gravity flow are compramized. this equation has to be resolved by proper engineering specs. Hydrologist where are you? Deliberate dumping of hard acids within the system can be looked at as sabortage. All acids being purchased from suppliers should be documented for the safety of the environment. The Enviromnent protection department should be monitoring the sale of acids.

  13. Malcom king January 27, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    When the overseas travel agents tell their clients not to come to Barbados these High School Debaters wuold stop fillibustering and do something. A whole year and sewerage still flowing in the streets. This is a Rust hole country

  14. Mark Rosmar January 29, 2018 at 6:22 am

    “On the horizon” In Barbados that phrase translates to ‘we don’t have a clue. “

  15. Bo Bristov January 30, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Dear responsible civil servants of Barbados,
    Due to the lack of action and the focusing on you own political interests, the sewage issue has now hit the international media which means that the Tourism Sector (which finances Barbados) is jeopardized. The short sight and lack of strategic thinking and action is amazing. The very financial foundation of the island is at risk and you are sitting with your hands in your pockets. We are talking employment-income-export here… WAKE UP !!!!! before it’s too late..


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