Opposition Leader Mia Mottley believes blocked outflow pipes at Needham Point are the cause of the raw sewage seeping through manholes and flowing onto the streets of the south coast.
Mottley, who had initially raised the matter at a rally of her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) at Top Rock, Christ Church on Sunday night reiterated her position at a town hall meeting in Worthing last night that the sewerage treatment plant was designed in such a way that treated sewage would flow over a kilometre out to sea through a pipe buried 150 feet deep.
This pipe, she said, has 18 outlet diffusers for gradual release of the effluent into fast-moving water for rapid dissipation.
However, she charged that all but two of the diffusers were faulty, resulting in the problem currently facing South Coast residents and visitors.
“Ten of the diffusers in the water are fully blocked, six of the diffusers are partially blocked, and only two are functioning,” the BLP leader claimed.
“Therefore, it is no wonder that the Friday before Independence, by the Garrison, sewage started coming out there, because water finds the weakest points through which to extract itself, whether it is the manholes [or] the canals,” she added.
Mottley contended that the diffusers had been blocked for a number of years, suggesting that they had not been maintained since the person whose responsibility it was to clean them died seven years ago.
She also claimed that the treatment plant had been out of order for three years and nothing had been done to repair it.
“Your Government has presided over a situation where next month, January 2017, will mark three full years that the South Coast Sewerage Treatment Plant has not worked, and what has been happening is that the sewage is coming into the pipes, going into the inflow well.
“Almost every possible thing in that plant is broken. The pumps are broken, the odour control units, not just in the plants but in the lift stations along the south coast are not working, the non-return valves, which are supposed to stop the backflow of sewage is not working, pumps in pumping stations, like River Road, not working,” she told party supporters.