Relief from south coast sewage spills coming in six months says Dr Estwick

Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Dr David Estwick is promising Barbadians relief, from the long running sewage crisis on the south coast, in the next three to six months.

He said Government had given the go ahead to fast track the, medium term strategy of, digging of several injection wells in which to divert the waste.

“As soon those projects are close to completion I would get back to the public. Right now I am a little unsure of the time, because as you are digging wells you don’t know what you are going to find, but I can say that we would be looking at the next three to six months for the completion of those solutions,” Estwick said during press conference at his ministry’s headquarters in Graeme Hall, Christ Church, which was also attended by top personnel of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) including General Manager Keithroy Halliday.

“The proposed solution of the injection wells and the two bypass systems are the best options we have available. We have moved to Cabinet requesting funding and we have had some assurances by the Latin American Bank (CAF) and we are hoping to be able to mobilise those funds very shortly so that we can start the work that we have just outlined. In fact I have been informed that geological testing for the wells have started and is ongoing,” the Minister added.

Earlier this week Halliday told Barbados TODAY that the interim measures to control the problem had failed and that the 300-foot wells had to be implemented as a matter of urgency.

However Estwick said while the option was far from ideal it was the best temporary alternative at the moment.

“We are talking about a temporary measure that allows us time to get into the distribution system to be able to determine the permanent fix. I would want to say for those persons who may have concerns, in regards to the strategy, that the treatment that will occur includes chlorination as well as effective screening, so that you don’t compromise the diffusion capacity of the zone in which you discharge your treated sewage,” he explained.

He maintained that there was little that could be done, other than the schedule pumping of the compromised manholes, to minimise the over flows, which have been a feature of some streets in Worthing and Hastings since 2016.

“In the meantime we can do no better but to pump. We have a six-inch pump that is working in the area of the obstruction, it is not as effective as the ten, so there are times when you would still see a bit of leakage from the manholes. We have ordered an additional ten-inch pump and we are having the other ten-inch pump repaired,” he added.

At the same time he appealed to those responsible for pumping effluence into the Graeme Hall swamp to desist from the practice.

“The Graeme Hall Swamp is a UNESCO designate site so those persons who are doing this need to be aware that they are in fact creating challenges in that regard and will harm the flora and fauna within that site,” Estwick said, adding, “work with us when you are having those types of challenges and we will send the appropriate haulers”.

43 Responses to Relief from south coast sewage spills coming in six months says Dr Estwick

  1. The Truth February 10, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Buddy you won’t be in power the next 6 months.

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    • Jennifer February 10, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      The plans for this sewage project should be handled like as in any profession >>>>>> just roll on. What choice do the others have anyway?

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    • harry turnover February 10, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      EXACTLY….and that is why he said so.Another TALK for the occasion from the ” I doan mek rain man ” knowing full well that he won’t have to address the public again on that issue….mussee tink that he one got big brain.

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  2. Ann Thomas February 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    We don’t have to wait that long, thankfully!

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  3. Alex Alleyne February 10, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Is he the NEW Minister of HEALTH ?. Who next will step in to fix the School problems in x months?.

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  4. Hamilton A Hill February 10, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Lord…..he tek we fah Billy goat!

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  5. straight talk February 10, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Estwick just remember that sewage still on thee south coast, where he now come from ? I suspect that thee PM frighten for him, he was very unproductive in all his ministries and now he want to play catchup .

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  6. straight talk February 10, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Nobody wants hear you Estwick you are no help go back to your shell.

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  7. Pat Clarke February 11, 2018 at 1:11 am

    He really believes that he will be in power in the next 6 months? Nothing this Government does now will cause anyone who has already made up their minds to have a change of heart. You can fix the sewage system and then pave the roads in gold from St. Lucy to St. Philip. You will still lose at the next election which will be over in the next five months.

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  8. Jo public February 11, 2018 at 2:00 am

    It will be very interesting to see who’s awarded the contracts to do the work apart from the #BWA

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  9. BIG SKY February 11, 2018 at 2:10 am

    IN OTHER WORDS, WE WILL PASS ON THE PROBLEM TO THE NEXT GOVERNMENT,WHICH WILL BE THE BLP.These Ministers really think people foolish.

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  10. archy perch February 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

    The next government will not be the BLP, forget all the noise.
    If Dr. Maria Agard was leading that crooked party then they would have had a chance, but with Mia at the helm, no way.
    The bell has not yet been rung, the big horses are not galloping down the home-stretch yet.
    UPP will form the next opposition in Parliament if not a coalition with the DLP, you watch. BLP smell too stink.
    Carrying too much baggage which people vividly still remember. The crookedness; the waste of money on things like that expensive toilet Liz won’t talk about and Kensington Oval

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    • hcalndre February 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      @ archy perch’ the letter B and D have you confused, the Bs are not the party in power, it`s the Ds. Estwick said that when you`re digging you don`t know what you may find, I think he could find some oil.

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  11. harry turnover February 11, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Those are the thoughts of a nervous DEM yard fowl who probably recently had his cataracts removed and is mow CLEARLY seeing the DEMISE of the DEMS.
    Never heard about a coalition OPPOSITION yet in my time ,but the yard fowl above thinks that a coalition DLP/UPP will be better than a UPP/Solutions coalition.as though DEM yard fowls outnumber the masses 2 to 1..lord have mercy !!
    That yard fowl continues to tell himself that the MASSES will again vote DLP back in Office,maybe he breks every time he says so.
    Think it will be better to talk about that coalition BEFORE the Election if that is possible not after because none a wunna gine get enough votes to be elected or maybe he is suggesting that with NO members elected,they should then form that coalition among the losers with their headquarters located along the SOUTH COAST SEWAGE STINK.

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  12. Tony Webster February 11, 2018 at 6:44 am

    I know who I would like to send down into a deep-injection well. This guy is unbelievable. Really. Literally.

    Deep injection into our limestone aquifers? This is a 4-year old playing with a loaded gun: –

    https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/978-1-4612-4822-4_5.pdf

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  13. BIG SKY February 11, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Relief for South Coast coming in six months and RELIEF FOR BARBADIANS COMING IN SIX MONTHS.

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  14. Richard Johnston February 11, 2018 at 7:35 am

    “Medium-term strategy” = a quick-fix cover-up until after the election

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  15. Macka February 11, 2018 at 7:58 am

    This is what I call kicking the can down the road.

    They are leaving this sewage problem for Mia to Fix. She will get it done. You don’t worry.

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  16. sticks and stones February 11, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Mia will not be PM of Barbados she has constantly used linguistic sabotage rhetoric mixed with propaganda and sinister untruths to bad mouth the country for the past seven years and the people would not forget

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    • The Truth February 11, 2018 at 8:23 am

      We will not forget this useless DLP government. Vote DEM out. Nuisances.

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    • hcalndre February 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      @sicks and stones; Did Mia told the US. the UK. Canada and Germany that not to drink the water?

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  17. Sue Donym February 11, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I have noted the preference for bottled water at the press conference. These people don’t even think what message they send.

    Supposedly a solid plan for correction and no maps, charts or project progression timelines detailing where the wells will be dug and what residents should experience as things move forward?

    Meanwhile some of the manholes look more like geysers.

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    • Sue Donym February 11, 2018 at 8:35 am

      Must wonder what matters most to the bigwigs. We must be careful what happens to the Graeme Hall swamp because of the UNESCO designation, not because misuse/mismanagement will affect us/our ecology?

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  18. Ralph w Talma February 11, 2018 at 8:43 am

    1. This is not good news. If you inject sewage at that depth within 5 years I believe it will the drinking water aquifers which could be a disaster.
    2. As regards Greame Hall, I remember walking from Maxwell Road on Saturday and catching fish there. This is another piece of very bad news.

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  19. straight talk February 11, 2018 at 9:11 am

    6 months to do miracles crunch time all that could not be done in 10 years are now be done in 6 months kellman now paving thee cart roads in st lucy. Estimates will be debated this week and they will squeeze in somethings else.

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  20. Jonah Banks February 11, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Surely it must be the BWA who are pumping effluent into Graeme Hall swamp, who else would it be?

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  21. John charles February 11, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Move all members of government into the stench catchment area and then see how long it takes to sort it out.

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  22. straight talk February 11, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I like people like patrick King that does educate people in his own way we were told that after parliament closed off in March the government have up to 90 day to call elections but they never told us that the 90 days are for if their is some kind of natural disaster or social unrest in the country that 90 day will be used to bring the country back to normalcy but at this time it is being abused.

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    • Richard Johnston February 11, 2018 at 10:10 am

      ‘normality’

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      • David Brathwaite February 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm

        “normalcy”. Check it out!

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  23. 3rdsun February 11, 2018 at 10:37 am

    They now looking to f up de drinking water after f up de sewerage and de country. SHAME ON DEM

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  24. Macka February 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Could some one tell me if the bottle water these officials are drinking is a product of the B W A.

    I do hope this is the good Barbados water Chris Sinkler was speaking of in Parliment.

    Let me know the brand name so I can get a couple of cases please.

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  25. hcalndre February 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I`ll bet the politcians have cases of bottled water at their home.

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  26. jrsmith February 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Six months will come and go and the sewage would still be flowing, Barbadian politicians don’t try to do anything , which will benefit the black people of Barbados unless its for they own benefit…………………..

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  27. David Hall February 11, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Nothing the DLP has tried has worked. They mess up the economy, the society, teh schools, tourism, agriculture, water, They literally can’t even manage Shi@+%.

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  28. sticks and stones February 11, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    @ hcaindre have u ever heard the term where there is smoke there is fire, there have been plenty smoke signals over the years floating in and out of the blp camp which in effect where meant to undermine any meaningful policies for the barbados economy

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  29. Helicopter(8P) February 12, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Hon. Minister Dr. Estwick it’s good news to have those temporary wells but our main sewerage system plans are to get the correct pitch angles at the lift pump discharge and the storage pond elevation heights. By just having these two major task detailed it would mean an effectively efficient sewerage system in operation.We are grateful that solutions to a major problem are being met.

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  30. Ossie Moore February 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

    In Washington D.C ( USA ) with Richard Nixon there was WATERGATE.

    In New Jersey ( USA ) with Gov. Christie there was BRIDGEGATE.

    Now in Buhbados (Barbados) with Dr. Estwick ( and others) there is SEWAGEGATE

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  31. jrsmith February 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Plus the government of the decade , wouldn’t even try the (Recover Gate) for the 900 millions or the billion bds dollars as they say is missing…… If you really want to believe that …….
    As for the sewage , the wells are the worst most stupid idea …..That thinking is 50 years a go, very dangerous idea drilling wells……………

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  32. Ossie Theophilus Moore February 12, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Talking ’bout gates this could be a Tailgate or “Slidegate”!

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  33. M.D.M. February 12, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Disgrace! 3 to 6 months as a minimum? Even then no guarantee. Really unacceptable.

    How many business places will close? How many jobs lost? How many tourist never coming back? How much value knocked off peoples homes and office buildings? We equal a third world country with no infrastructure.

    Our reputation is shot. So is the quality of life for those that live in or use the area. That’s a lot of us.

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  34. Rosalyne Leddy February 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    As a tourist to this beautiful Island it is very sad to think that many of us will not be returning until this contamination is fixed.It is crucial to the economy of Barbados that the politicians respond immediately to this crisis.They claim that the drinking water is still safe but one wonders!Please save thIs special place from disaster.

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  35. Jocelyne Bilodeau February 12, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    As a tourist we come every year to Barbados but
    we are very disappointed of this situation.
    Hope this problem will be solved for our next
    visit because we are not coming back if this
    smell & problem is not solved.

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