City sewage stench embarrassing – BPSA

Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert is warning that the putrid odour emanating from the Bridgetown sewerage plant, which forced the closure of several businesses along Fontabelle and Cheapside, The City for a second straight day today, was costing the country productivity at a time it could least afford it.

Herbert told Barbados TODAY this evening that with no timeline given by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) by which a solution could be expected, he was concerned about the loss of productivity, given the country’s unforgiving economic climate.

“Loss of productivity is an issue for sure but one would like to think that after the Barbados Water Authority gave us an explanation that they would then give us some assurance as to when it would be fixed. Certainly that is not acceptable after two days. They must not only acknowledge that there is a problem but it is worrying if they can’t fully explain it and it is even more worrying if they can’t tell us how they are going to fix it,” the business executive said.

In a statement released yesterday after the overpowering stench of sewage forced the closure of several businesses, the BWA said “initial investigations” had suggested 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.

When Barbados TODAY visited the affected area this morning, some of the businesses which had closed early yesterday were attempting to keep their doors open. However, by noon they had to pack it in as the stench had again become overpowering.

Some workers at the Barbados Investment Development Corporation complained of burning eyes, upset stomachs and inflamed sinuses.

President of the National Union of Public Workers Akanni McDowall said it was possible that workers would be off the job again tomorrow if the problem persists.

At the same time, Herbert described the situation as downright embarrassing, especially with the worsening sewage crisis on the south coast, which has resulted in effluence spilling onto the streets and swamping the grounds of homes and businesses for more than a year.

“I have not spoken directly to the BWA so I can’t pretend to know the reasons, but the situation is embarrassing that we would have two sewage issues one on top of the other,” Herbert told Barbados TODAY.

“I am really concerned about the disruptions, which are huge, and the fact is that the problem is awfully close to the port. We have thousands of tourists coming in, Bridgetown was filled with tourists yesterday and it is hard to imagine that they did not walk across, and I am sure that many persons were affected by it.”

Late this afternoon the BWA issued a new statement explaining that efforts by the Wastewater Division (WWD) to control the problem in Bridgetown had yielded results.

“After identifying the substance which was offloaded at the plant on Saturday, February 10 and which contributed to the noxious scent, WWD operators have started replenishing bacteria integral to the treatment process. This has been able to contain the odour considerably,” the BWA said.

The water company said it had strengthened its policies on monitoring all waste coming into the plant, and reminded haulers to observe established regulations for dumping.

22 Responses to City sewage stench embarrassing – BPSA

  1. Sue Donym February 14, 2018 at 1:42 am

    I’ll just sit back and listen while the PR committee of Cabinet plays this one off. Kelly, the water bearer and the swimming Seal will explain how it is a minor inconvenience or saves lives or some such thing.

    At a time that the management of waste facilities is so much at the forefront, how could we afford to be so lax that this problem occurred for the reason that is given? The controls ent worth wuh Paddy shot at.

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  2. Carson C. Cadogan February 14, 2018 at 7:51 am

    This is not the first time that has happen, CHARLES. It happened under your party as well and I didnt hear you say anything that time, CHARLES.

    You are a real cherry picker!!!!!

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  3. Carson C. Cadogan February 14, 2018 at 7:55 am

    By the way CHARLES HERBERT, what is the Goddards group doing to prevent your TROPICAL LAUNDRIES from killing all the students and Teachers of the Wesley Hall School with its TOXOIC EMISSIONS??

    We all remember it sent a lot of Teachers to the great beyond before their time with Cancer.

    Why is Barbados Today not phoning you and asking you about this????

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    • roger headley February 14, 2018 at 8:35 am

      He was not Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), then

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      • roger headley February 14, 2018 at 8:35 am

        Where is your proof?

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      • Carson C. Cadogan February 14, 2018 at 12:44 pm

        But Tropical Laundries still belonged to the Goddards Group as it does now.

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    • hcalndre February 14, 2018 at 9:20 am

      @Carson; the laws are so lax in Barbados that these business could operate in neighborhoods using chemicals that are harmful to human beings. These are some of the issues these politicians should be going after.

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      • Jennifer February 14, 2018 at 1:04 pm

        Yep. The cookie jar brigade.

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  4. Adrian Hinds February 14, 2018 at 8:15 am

    White Shadows doing their part to elect their party the BLP. Their continued dominance of Barbados economy is under threat by a man that doesn’t care to play a part in the continuance of the status quo.

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    • Jennifer February 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      BOTH them parties are the same you know. One kiss pooch more than the other. Saying that only one group of people suppose to be productive and the other directive and lucrative.

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  5. archy perch February 14, 2018 at 10:35 am

    When I see the likes of Charles Leacock and his group being so up-front and in your face during the political season, I indeed take note. What are these people up to besides raising retail prices willynilly and complaining about government stipulations, while paying their workers the lowest wages allowed. Check the ladies behind tghe counters at Harrisons for instance and ask them when last they had a raise of pay and what commissions they get. You will be shocked. The BLP, Unions and the private sector are all in bed together for their own selfish gains. The only ones getting screwed are we the masses. And you black yardfowls are helpig the crooked BLP fullfill the progamme of the white masters.
    Charles aint hidding boy.

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  6. archy perch February 14, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Charles Herbert

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    • Jennifer February 14, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Until we can see through this big plantation called BIM, then and only then will government push skill, tech, manufacturinde in all schools at all levels rather than slavery pigeonholing. This dress is on backwards and tight at the neck.

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  7. Ossie Theophilus Moore February 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Barbados Water Authority must find a team of professional Labortory technicians and Chemical engineers who can formulate the perfect cultures of bacteria cultures to colonise the sluge tanks at the the sewerage plant. The bacteria soldiers (paranas) must be ready to attach the odor forming and causing bacteria from existing. In other words the (parana) bacteria are terrorist bacteria waiting patiently for the odor forming bacteria to give birth; as new born bacteria is released the terrorist bacteria performs genocide on the the oder causing bacteria.

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  8. Carson C. Cadogan February 14, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    “”…was costing the country productivity at a time it could least afford it.””

    CHARLES HERBERT OUGHT TO TAKE UP STAND UP COMEDY.

    He encouraged his private sector and his Goddards group to pay their workers to strike against the Govt.

    Then he was very upset when it didnt bring down the Govt. as he and the other Plantation class people were hoping for.

    At that time he was not worried about “”….. costing the country productivity at a time it could least afford it””

    Barbados has more than its fair share of hypocrites!!!!

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    • Jennifer February 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      And black people NEVER had an issue with productivity for the plantation class, they just wanted a LITTLE something for their toils, this is also why they are still getting a little something and very happy too.

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  9. Ossie Moore February 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert says :
    ” the Barbados Water Authority gave us an explanation that they would then give us some assurance as to when it would be fixed. Certainly that is not acceptable after two days. They must not only acknowledge that there is a problem but it is worrying if they can’t fully explain it and it is even more worrying if they can’t tell us how they are going to fix it,”.

    Ossie Moore:

    In Washington D.C ( USA ) there was WATERGATE

    in New JersEy ( USA ) there was BRIDGEGATE

    Now in buhbados (Barbados) there is SEWAGEGATE

    Now in buhbados( barbados )

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    • hcalndre February 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      @Ossie Moore; people goes to jail too or have to give up the job.

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  10. Ossie Moore February 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Ossie Moore
    February 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert says :
    ” the Barbados Water Authority gave us an explanation that they would then give us some assurance as to when it would be fixed. Certainly that is not acceptable after two days. They must not only acknowledge that there is a problem but it is worrying if they can’t fully explain it and it is even more worrying if they can’t tell us how they are going to fix it,”.

    Ossie Moore:

    In Washington D.C ( USA ) there was WATERGATE

    in New Jersey ( USA ) there was BRIDGEGATE

    Now in buhbados (Barbados) there is SEWAGEGATE

    Reply
  11. Lorenzo February 14, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Carson Cadogan why you do not take off your DLP hat and be a human being for once.Have you been in the Fontabelle area over the last three days?The smell there is enough to cause you to puke,therefore instead of being the brainless yardfowl you are attacking the messenger try to listen to the message and understand that better has to be done by people being paid to manage,this is not time for ,Jennifer ,archy perch and your black and white tripe,this is people,s lives under threat J/A.

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  12. Carson C. Cadogan February 14, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Lorenzo, Lorenza, Prodigal son:

    It takes one to know one.

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  13. luther thorne February 14, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Nasty piecs of Sht8

    That DLP BOT as in ROBOT Propaganda Arm of the DLP – Operating the same way as the Russians operated in the 2016 USA Elections. Constant presence on Social media with constant defence of the folly of the DLP to mislead and influence the readers.. nastinesd

    The DLP BOTS have been relentless pushing the divisiveness of the DLP. Every issue is politicized and polarized.
    The people behind the DLP BOTS have a lot to answer to God for and should really cease and desist.
    They see nothing wrong with the nastiness they are doing.

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