South coast residents and businesses are fearing a return of the worrying sewage problems that plagued the area last year.
The people of Rendezvous and Worthing, Christ Church in particularly, said nothing but a permanent solution to the problem would do, after last week’s tropical depression caused yet another sewage spill.
Barbados TODAY understands that teams from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) had to be dispatched to clean up effluence in the vicinity of Gentle Breeze Apartments, which was among the worst affected properties during last year’s major spill.
At the time, the spill was traced to a broken pump at the South Coast Sewerage Treatment Plant.
However, aside from the horror of seeing their environs engulfed in raw sewage, businesses and residents said they were becoming increasingly annoyed because a promised run-off canal to divert the mess from their premises is yet to be constructed.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY Friday morning on condition of anonymity, one resident claimed Minister of Health John Boyce had promised the canal last year, following a particularly bad breach of the sewerage caps in front of the Massy Supermarket.
“As they say, a promise is a comfort to a fool and I guess that is what I am because I took the minister at his word that he would build the canal. We know that it is not going to fix the issue for good but at least we won’t be getting s**t in our yard when the rains come,” the resident said.
A Gentle Breeze Apartment employee also confirmed that a BWA crew was dispatched to the premises to pump effluence off the property. Luckily, no guests were occupying the apartments, the worker said.
While noting that Wednesday was the first overflow of sewage onto the properties in recent months, residents told Barbados TODAY sewage could frequently be seen flowing freely on the streets whenever it rained.
Residents also said they feared that more heavy rains could result in further unpleasantness.
“When the rain came Wednesday we had the problem again so we have to now wait again to see what is going to happen this weekend. All I can say is that this is not good enough. They are going to get people sick in this place,” one person complained.
Earlier this year the BWA announced that new equipment was commissioned, which included the four replacement effluent pumps, which it anticipated would bring some relief to home and business owners in the south coast.
Barbados TODAY made several attempts to reach Patricia Inniss, the manager of the Water Waste Division at the BWA, but was unsuccessful up to the time of publication.