Two days after he was sworn in as Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Wilfred Abrahams got down to work today on the worrying sewage crisis on the south coast.
Abrahams met with General Manager of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) Ketihroy Halliday to discuss the sewage leaks that have been plaguing the commercial and tourism belt between Hastings and Worthing, Christ Church for well over a year now.
“I would be a negligent minister if I didn’t,” Abrahams told Barbados TODAY when asked if he had reached out to the BWA on the vexing problem which has forced the closure of some businesses on the south coast.
However, he declined to provide any details of the talks, saying a statement would be issued shortly.
The talks came on the same day that the Mia Mottley-led 30-member Cabinet met to address critical issues affecting the country.
The previous administration led by former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had said a lasting solution to the chronic sewage flare-ups was the construction of a new treatment plant, and that it was approaching the Inter-American Development and the Caribbean Development for financial assistance.
Even so, the BWA had begun to dig a number of injection wells to facilitate repairs to the compromised sewer lines, Charles Leslie, the BWA’s director of engineering had said the wells would have been ready by the middle of this year.