The Independence anniversary weekend will find Worthing Beach without its own seaside pageant of beachgoers and bathers as the popular south coast strip is to remain closed, authorities have announced.
The cordoned-off coastline stretches from the St Lawrence Gap entrance to the zone at the bottom of Rendezvous Hill.
According to a Government statement, the closure is to allow “ongoing repair work to the South Coast Sewage System, where wastewater has been entering the canals to the East of the Graeme Hall Swamp” which lies on the edge of the district.
A sluice gate at Worthing Beach has been the outlet for excess wastewater that has posed contamination risks to seabathers and driven others away with its foul stench.
“To maintain the balance in the swamp and to regulate levels, the sluice gate at Worthing Beach is opened when necessary on the falling tide to allow for the flow of water from the swamp out to Worthing Beach,” the statement said.
As the Barbados Water Authority works to create a marine outfall off the Worthing Beach in a bid to control a three-year tide of excess sewage and a faiiling plant, the Government added, “as well as the balancing of the swamp, it is necessary that the beaches remain closed”.
Daily sampling of the water quality along Worthing Beach and nearby South Coast beaches continues to be carried out by the Environmental Protection Department. It said the samples, which began to be taken on September 6, is to continue “until the ecological conditions in the Graeme Hall Swamp have been normalized’.
Updates on the status of the affected beaches will be provided “as required”, the statement concluded.