CDB willing to help fund south coast clean up

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says it stands willing and able to lend a helping hand to the Barbados Government in cleaning up the embarrassing sewage mess along the island’ south coast.

The Director of Economics Justin Ram gave this assurance yesterday while urging the Freundel Stuart administration to make the necessary investment in upgrading the sewerage system, even if it means getting that money from the “very liquid” local banking system.

Ram also strongly urged Government to push ahead with upgrading the island’s road infrastructure, while stressing the need for public private sector partnership.

While revealing that the CDB has been providing a “significant amount of advice and support” to the Government and the private sector here on the matter, Ram said, “we need to start implementing some of the reforms”.

He emphasized that while Government had started some of the work, “a lot more is required”.

“The roads of course need some rehabilitation and we have all heard about the sewage problem on the south coast. There needs to be investment there,” Ram insisted.

“I am not under any illusion that the Government does have a constraint when it comes to resources, but I can assure you that there is a lot of liquidity there, perhaps in the financial system, that we can try to utilize for the rehabilitation of some of our infrastructure,” he said.

Last month during the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon Prime Minister Freundel Stuart gave the assurance that recurring sewage leaks along the south coast were being seriously addressed.

At the time, Stuart assured that short-term mitigation measures would be put in place. He also disclosed that the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) was engaging the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as experts from Trinidad and Tobago, on a permanent fix.

However, the BWA, which has come in for intense criticism over its handling of the matter over the past year, admitted yesterday that interim measures to control the flow of sewage water into the streets had failed.

It was not the first time the BWA admitted to a failure, after giving several assurances that short-term corrective measures were working. However, Ram told Barbados TODAY the projects department at CDB was in active discussion with the BWA “around what needs to happen”, even as he cautioned that a lasting solution would not happen overnight.

“What we are seeing now in the sewage sector a solution will take some time to be fleshed out. I know that our projects department within the bank has had very fruitful discussions with the Government about that. We stand ready, willing and able to assist once the Government has decided that this is what it wants to do. We are standing ready to assist,” Ram said.

“As it relates to other infrastructure, we have always provided resources to the Government of Barbados to have a proper road network for example, but I think at this point a lot of the issues that we are seeing relates to other greater macroeconomic fundamentals of the economy, which I think need to be sorted out first,” he added.

3 Responses to CDB willing to help fund south coast clean up

  1. Tony Webster February 9, 2018 at 5:47 am

    C.D.B. is a solid, professionally-managed and essential regional institution. Their carefully-phrased response/admonition, could well be associated with a(nother) “emergency loan” request…which doesn’t “smell” too good. This, in addition to the usual client/Bank communication channels…in order send a signal to the citizens of this beleaguered country as well! Like, “Guys..please get real”.

    The crux, is as stated:-
    “a lot of the issues that we are seeing relates to other greater macroeconomic fundamentals of the economy, which I think need to be sorted out first.”

    Thank you, C.D.B. I, for one, have received, and understand your message. I however wonder if all concerned, have done likewise.

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  2. F.A.Rudder February 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

    A plan to have the most adaptable system plant design for the south coast sewerage plant must be formulated and structured. the lift pumping and gravity flow ditches must be engineered to terrain elevations and waste water out flows have to be (ph) balanced before leeching into the coastal zone environment. Detergents and cleaning agents need to have reduced phosphoric, hydrochloric, and ammonia. These chemical formulas are harsh on the plumbing surfaces and also reduce the service life of the lift pumps. Preventative daily maintenance, periodical maintenance and overhauls of these large pumps is critical to the system’s overall lifetime performance. We as a nation must take responsibility and maintain ourselves more were we a republic. More fresh water has been added to the ocean surface due to global warming and being slightly lighter than seawater; coastal regions will experience flooding at times during high lunar tides.

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  3. Wayne dread February 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Taking into consideration your recommendations, is it possible to upgrade the present system or build a new one? If we are able to upgrade, what will be plans for the interim, while the project is being upvraded

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