Government this morning announced the closure of the popular Worthing Beach in Christ Church with immediate effect.
In a brief statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service it said as a result of poor water quality, it was advising the public that the beach would be closed until further notice.
The move comes against the backdrop of reports of raw sewage flowing into the sea.
Businesses which operate on the south coast have also complained of sewage flowing into the streets, with mere days to go before the start of the 2016 winter tourist season.
Earlier this week, in an interview with Barbados TODAY, one businessman, who requested anonymity, said the problem appeared to have gone away after the Barbados Water Authority intervened recently.
However, he said raw sewage began flowing onto the road again “with a vengeance” about two weeks later.
“It went away for about two weeks, now it’s back with a vengeance. The manhole that was meant to be fixed, after two weeks [it] has started to back up again. So now we have sewage leaking into the streets.
“You can’t walk from the new Esso service station in Worthing to Big B. If you walk up there and someone splashes you, go and get Dettol [or] Savlon [antiseptics] and bathe in it, because you were just splattered in [faeces],” he said.
In its release today, the National Conservation Commission stayed clear of those concerns. However, it apologized for any inconvenience that the closure of Worthing Beach may cause.