As part of a series of emergency measures designed to address the chronic sewage leaks on the south coast, the state-owned Barbados Water Authority (BWA) will tonight shut off the drinking water supply from Jemmotts Lane, on the outskirts of The City, to Carter’s Gap, Christ Church.
However, BWA General Manager Keithroy Halliday is telling affected residents and businesses along the south coast that the midnight to 4 a.m. shutdown was a “small” sacrifice for them to ensure the quality of the potable water in the sewage-affected area was not compromised.
Halliday said the authority would be carrying out investigations into the sewage network and as such needed to ensure that when the underground work was being done, the wastewater and the potable water did not mix.
“This, [the shutoff] is to facilitate a further CCTV inspection of the sewer network which is separate and distinct from the potable water network. However, as the use of potable
water leads to the creation of wastewater in the sewer network, the BWA is asking residential and commercial customers and those with domestic and commercial tanks to assist with this exercise by restricting their use of water during the time of the shutdown. Ideally, the sewer lines need to be empty in order to accommodate the inspection,” he revealed.
“Ongoing investigation of the sewage network in the Hastings and Worthing, Christ Church area by the Wastewater Division (WWD) of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) discovered a breach in the network system along the Hastings and Worthing, Christ Church area,” he said.
The BWA boss said this breach was discovered as WWD crews were attempting to clear a block in the line in the Worthing area. The block was discovered during a cleaning and flushing programme to address overflows on the south coast.
He said that due to the unique position and design of the aged south coast sewage network, special equipment and materials were needed to begin the corrective work.
The BWA general manager said technical team met with the work crews in an effort to formulate a plan to start the process of repairing the breach and removing the blockage. He also explained that the shut off would only affect customers along the coast and not those further inland.
Meanwhile, spokesman for the south coast residents Adrian Donavan told Barbados TODAY that while the water shut off would be a major inconvenience, they were prepared to do what was necessary to ensure their current problems were permanently rectified.
“This will mean that some restaurants may have to close for business, but we all want solutions,” Donavan added.