It was another day of misery for pedestrians and business operators along sections of the south coast, amid what the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) said today was another breach in the network system and a blockage in the sewage lines.
This resulted in overflows of effluent water in the Hastings, Worthing and Rendezvous areas.
Although technical crews were assigned to the troubled spots, several people were still thrown off by the the smelly run off, including Express Bikini store clerk Roshanna Trimm who told Barbados TODAY the situation was simply bad for business.
While pointing out that her place of work was located directly opposite a well on Hastings Main Road,
reported that the recurring sewage stink was negatively impacting on sales.
“This morning, no rain fell, but the sewage is out so once it starts to smell and stuff, people don’t really come,” she told Barbados TODAY, while stressing that the effluent water was a major turn off.
Just two days ago, Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick warned in a Barbados TODAY interview that there could be no quick fix solution to the problem.
In fact, he said, there would be no permanent relief until a modern treatment plant is built, but could not give a definitive timetable.
However, the owner of Tapas restaurant Alfredo Giovine is demanding that the issue be rectified immediately.
“Fix It! … I want the street clean,” he said today, while comparing the worsening sewage situation to a “ticking time bomb” that would eventually explode.
“We are sitting waiting for the bomb to explode,” he told Barbados TODAY, while also suggesting that someone would have to get seriously sick before the authorities understood the magnitude of the current threat.
While complaining that the run off was coming from opposite Lanterns Mall and flowing directly behind his restaurant, Giovine reported that his business had also taken a dive in terms of reservations, as customers were not prepared to put up with the smell.
Stressing that it was about time the BWA found a solution to the problem, the businessman said: “We know already that it is an issue, [but] we should try to resolve it a little bit in advance”.
Meanwhile on Rendezvous Road, pedestrians could be seen making desperate attempts not to be splashed with the putrid water by speeding motorists.
One pedestrian, who requested anonymity, told Barbados TODAY that it was her first time in the area but she was simply taken aback by the horrible smell.
Sara White, who spoke to Barbados TODAY outside the Worthing Post Office, said the foul odour made her sick to her stomach, adding that “somebody better pump it and get rid of it”.