An independent Senator today called on Government to do whatever it takes to fix the south coast sewage problems, while expressing concern that the situation was doing untold damage to the island’s tourism brand.
Against the backdrop of recent warnings issued the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada to their citizens about visiting the popular tourism strip, independent Senator and businessman John Watson warned the Upper House that the job being done by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority in attracting visitors to the island, stood to be significantly undermined by the ongoing sewerage system failure.
The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has been struggling for months to fix the sewage leaks that have been particularly prevalent in the Hastings/Worthings area, with at least one food outlet forced to close its doors to date.
The Worthing Post Office has also closed its operations indefinitely while the BWA so far has failed to come up with a sustainable fix to the vexing issue.
Watson argued that most visitors come to Barbados for the sand and sea, with the other attractions serving as add-ons. Therefore, he said it was vital that more was done to protect the marine environment, including the coral reefs, the island’s landscape, roads and other infrastructure.
The independent senator was also concerned about the number of garbage pile-ups and the amount of littering that is taking place in the country.