Sewage Stench forces closure of City businesses

The overpowering stench of sewage forced the closure of several businesses in Fontebelle, The City today, as the beleaguered Barbados Water Authority (BWA) faces yet another case of foul matter.

Some of the sewage water which spilled into the streets.

While the attention has been on the south coast where a long running problem with raw sewage has created a nightmare for businesses, residents and visitors in Hastings and Worthing, Christ Church, the people of Lakes Folly and Fontebelle, St Michael say they have had to endure their own misery for much too long.

When Barbados TODAY visited the two communities there was an unbearably pungent ordour emanating from the Bridgetown Sewerage Plant.

“This isn’t anything that start today, this has been going on for about 25 years now. I born and grow up in this community with us having this problem.  Welcome to Town,” an irate resident of Lakes Folly said with an air of resignation.

“It doesn’t even make sense you coming and putting this in the paper because nothing ever happens. Sewage water does go all under people yards and in person’s front house. If the rains fall too hard you have to look for boots to put on or stay inside your home. We get the sewage coming from all up by the globe coming down by us,” added the resident who spoke to Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity.

“They move people from down in here and it still didn’t make a difference because everybody can’t move so they still have people who will have to live down here and are forced to smell the sewage,” he added.

What was most worrying for another resident, who also requested anonymity, was the risk of a disease outbreak.

“This is really unhealthy, you know. For all of this dirty water to be running out just like this, we can get diseases. There are a lot of children who live around here. I’m not just talking, the scent down here is really bad. Sometimes you smell something and you ask yourself, ‘what is that smell?’ Somebody even ask if people had rotten eggs or dead animals around and then you remember the sewage problem we have. It is very frustrating and we have been living with this for so long.”

The upset man contended that the community was being neglected because it was poor and underprivileged. “Nobody don’t check we, but they would come through for votes. They could come when they want help but when we want help we have to wait so long and this isn’t fair.

“If Westmoreland was in this district and the sewage was here and a profit is being made the Government would find a solution for this sewage [preoblem].”

The unpleasant ordour forced some businesses, including ShopSmart, Rubis Gas Station, Branckers and Partners In Parenting Day Care to suspend operations and close their doors for today.

Several businesses in Fontebelle closed early today due the sewage stench.

The BWA said in a statement that its operators were monitoring waste being dumped in the plant by haulers and “initial investigations suggest that a portion of a noxious substance may have been dumped at the plant” last Saturday, February 10.

“This substance knocked out the bacteria population integral to the waste water treatment process. This has contributed to the strong scent coming from the plant, which is being smelt in surrounding areas,” the statement said.

“The WWD (Waste Water Department) is assiduously working to replenish the bacteria population at the processing plant and bring the situation under control.

“The BWA is reminding all haulers doing business with the authority that they must adhere to the regulations guiding the proper dumping of waste at the plant,” the water company said, adding that it would continue to monitor all substances dumped there “to ensure unwanted substances do not enter the facility”.

19 Responses to Sewage Stench forces closure of City businesses

  1. Berestford Leon Phillips February 13, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Sounds like Sabotage
    Sabotage on south coast
    Sabotage out Lower Estate
    Sabotage in the City
    All to force the Government out of Office
    Political Terrorism

  2. archy perch February 13, 2018 at 5:53 am

    You have taken the words out of my mouth Berestford Leon Phillips. The crooked BLP supporters aint easy, they are vicious and ruthless.
    You aint seen nothing yet!

    • roger headley February 13, 2018 at 8:42 am

      You two clowns didn’t you read that it was happening for the last 25 years. I know someone that could give you all bush baths

  3. jrsmith February 13, 2018 at 6:03 am

    See this big in the world news , bajans sabotage all sewage system in Barbados to force the government out of office ……
    This is a good one real clever , that’s why politicians gets away with the way they treat bajans…… Politicians love you people why should they want change………………..

  4. jrsmith February 13, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Our Barbados what a mess , what a mess……… Our Barbados government is making Donald Trump’s point ……Pity our island had to be the one………………………

  5. alfred Shepherd February 13, 2018 at 8:31 am

    why in gods name would people sabotage a sewer system to run someone out of office, when all you have to do is Vote them out. which engineer came up with that project. and it would have taken years of planning long before this needed election to do that. People you are smarter than that. Give me something better to work with. Tell me santa Claus delivered it for xmas, i would more believe that….smdh so answer me this, the Garbage thats piling up in St. Andrews was also part of the plot. Hummm

    • Ernesta Catlyn February 13, 2018 at 8:40 am

      Additionally Alfred, the article clearly states that this was going on for the last 25 years. A die-hard is a real nuisance

    • Berestford Leon Phillips February 13, 2018 at 10:05 am

      @ alfred Shepherd they tried to Vote them out in last two elections and it did not work
      So Political Terrorism via certain yard ducks on the rise to make sure this time

  6. alfred Shepherd February 13, 2018 at 8:34 am

    You know instead of creating news for the whole world to see, we should be creating Ideas to help or maybe cure the situation. Or is that too much for those small minds.

    • Berestford Leon Phillips February 13, 2018 at 10:07 am

      @ alfred Shepherd Ideas are been created to help or maybe cure the situation but Mia call them Political Charade

  7. Helicopter(8P) February 13, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Lab technologist and chemical engineers are to be proactive also ecologist employed by the people’s government of Barbados. The “watch and wait days” are over and proactive measures are the responsive ideology of the day.

  8. Buun February 13, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Why don’t we cancel Crop Over this year and put that money to fixing these problems?

    It is only going to get worst if we have Crop Over on the island this year and this problem still not resolved. You’re caught between a rock and hard place. Good luck!

    • Spectre February 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Cancel it permanently!

  9. Greengiant February 13, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Maybe the people of Emmerton lane can give some tips to the people on the south coast. The city residents have suffered for almost three decades from the sewage stench, and it never attracted the attention being given to the south coast issue.

    South coast = Certain citizens, businesses, tourist and hospitality sector. Emmerton = Different citizens, small businesses, customers at the little variety shops. International news story vs local news story. However similar environmental issues. Both main political parties have had a chance to sort the sewage problems in either area, with the same results. Talk about political charades during the silly season.

  10. Christopher Hewitt February 13, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Who ever wrote sabotage is an idiot

  11. Helicopter(8P) February 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Why can’t the authorities involved in the sewerage process inquire how Brooklyn’s Pradagate sewerage plant installation maintains a level of tollerance with its surrounding neighbours. Yes they are times when it becomes overpowering but not for long periods. The proper formulation of workforce bacteria must be populated on a timely schedule so as to get the riddance of the foul smelling bacteria population.

  12. Lorenzo February 13, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Green Giant you always with a lot of nonsense .How can you compare this problem to the South Coast,the South Coast consist of plenty Hotels and businesses.Tourism is our main exchange earner,you play with that issue you are playing with people,s jobs etcI am not saying that the persons at Lakes Folly should have to suffer for 25 years as that is unacceptable and if the problem persists,those persons should be relocated and heads at the BWA should roll.As for BLPadmore and Archy Perch,you both need to stop drinking the DLP Kool aid it is effecting your brain.

  13. luther thorne February 13, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Barbados is bare SH8

  14. Fallon Best February 18, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    There needs to be a criminal investigation into this whole matter.


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