Residents and business owners of Worthing, Rendezvous and Hastings, Christ Church are crossing their fingers in the hope that the latest efforts by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) will solve the vexing issue of sewage flowing onto the streets of the south coast.
When Barbados TODAY visited the affected areas this morning, septic trucks were seen pumping the contents of the sewer manholes.
Sewer caps in front of the Lanterns Mall and the Regency Cove Hotel, blamed for the awful stench affecting business establishments in the vicinity, were also being reinforced with asphalt.
The pungent scent of effluence, which had become an unfortunate feature of that particular stretch of the tourist belt, had also significantly abated.
However, while residents were eager for a resolution to the problem, which has affected their businesses and general quality of life, they were concerned the BWA might have been placing plaster over a matter which required major surgery.
“The day before yesterday, they came and pump the well in front of the [CIBC] First Caribbean Bank [in Rendezvous] and it rained the evening and by the night the sewage was bubbling up again. They came yesterday and pump it off again and the same thing happen again, the sewage was back on the street this morning. This morning I see them out here again, I am not sure if the plan is to come and pump the wells whenever there is rain the night before but to me it doesn’t seem like a long term solution,” said Alex Clarke, a longstanding Rendezvous resident.
Clarke’s neighbour and apartment owner Renee Fields would not look into the future at what was likely to happen when it rains again.
She was simply appreciative of the relief effort and optimistic that the problem would be solved soon.
“At least I am seeing some action and that is more than what has been happening in previous weeks. It has gotten the attention of everyone and I am sure that the Government is going to move quickly to fix the problem once and for all,” she said.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley had earlier blamed blocked outflow pipes at Needham Point for the raw sewage seeping through manholes and flowing onto the streets of the south coast.
She told a meeting of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party on Sunday 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.
Barbados TODAY made several unsuccessful attempts to contact BWA’s Acting General Manager Dr John Mwansa to confirm the purpose of work currently carried out on the offending sewer caps.