The results are back from the dye tests for the new injection wells dug by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to help control the sewage problem on the south coast, and they confirm what the engineers had predicted.
“The results of the dye have come back, the Ministries of [Water Resource Management; Health, and the Environment] have met to address it, [but] the results are supportive of what we need to do. However, the information is being forwarded to our minister [Dr David Estwick] and Cabinet for them to concur with our way and approach going forward,” BWA General Manager Keithroy Halliday told Barbados TODAY this afternoon as he gave an update on the sewage overflows.
Halliday said the stakeholders would meet early next week to analyze the results in order to speak on the specific issues.
Otherwise, he said he could not say much more about what would be done now that the results are back because all of the Government entities must sign off on them.
“Generally, we have positive results and we will be shortly explaining in more detail,” the BWA boss said, adding that the water company continued to advance on the sinking of the injection wells.
He disclosed that the third well was about to be completed and a fourth one would begin at the weekend.
“Beyond that, the roads have been generally dry except for a recent flare-up outside Lantern’s Mall . . . and that’s because the two manholes . . . there seems to be somewhat compromised because of all the erosion. We need to do some shoring up or some structural work around that to make sure we get that back under control,” he explained.
Nevertheless, Halliday said the BWA was a little more optimistic about the way forward, and once the injection wells are in operation, the state-owned company would be able to move full steam ahead with repairs to the network.
“We are moving rapidly to be able to use the injection wells. Once we do that we will keep the streets dry as much as we can. . . . we jump into a further examination of the repair process on the effluent line and after that we go to influent line,” Halliday said, adding that he hoped the BWA would be able to give a more accurate timeline by then.
“For now we are not going to give specific timelines because we do not want to create any false expectations, but we are optimistic we can get this done in very short order. The team is working very hard around the clock,” the water executive assured Barbados TODAY.