The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is apologizing to the management of Chicken Barn for sewage mess on the south coast, which has forced the local fast food chain to close their branch Worthing over the weekend.
Calling the development “extremely unfortunate” BWA General Manager Keithroy Halliday said he was sorry that his organisation was not able to address the problem before it got to this point.
“I would like to say not only in respect to Chricken Barn, the residents and businesses in the affected areas but to Barbados on the whole, that regardless of blame and liability we are empathetic and the situation is regrettable. If it has not been said before, the Barbados Water Authority wants to say that we are sorry. We are sorry that we were not able to respond in a better time frame given the realities that we are faced with. Whether justified or not, at the end of the day we appreciate and understand the difficulty that most residents and workers have to undergo on a daily basis,” said Halliday, who was addressing the media during a walkthrough of the problematic south coast sewage treatment plant this afternoon.
The fast food outlet has been battling the problem of raw sewage flooding that compound for over a year, raising health concerns for both customers and staff, amid promises from the BWA that they were on top of the problem.
The BWA General Manager sought to assure the public that local and outside consultants are currently racking their brains to come with a permanent fix to the problem. He explained that residence would gain some temporary relief in the coming days when the BWA technicians install a bypass system, which would alleviate some of the build-up pressure in the system.
However, Waste Water Manager Patrictia Inniss was less apologetic stating that the offending manhole belonged to Chicken Barn. She further explained that the BWA had already ordered the parts to fix that particular issue suggesting that the management of the restaurant chain may have been a bit quick on the draw.
“We had been speaking with Chicken Barn and the plan was to install a backflow preventer until all of the problems were alleviated. For persons who think we have been doing nothing, we have ordered these items more than two months ago and the last report we received was that they were supposed to be here next week,” she explained
Inniss also argued that the BWA is being unfairly chastised for the mess, as they have kept all of their promises throughout the year in relation to their attempts to stop the flow onto the streets.
“t is very disconcerting when you have persons saying that that water authority does not know what it is doing, that we are repeating the same thing and we are taking too long. This is not a problem that has just occurred; it has started many years ago. The Barbados Water Authority has kept its promises as of the December last year,” said Inniss