Millions of dollars to fix sewage problems in Barbados

Aerial view of the South Coast of Barbados. Image © digital Light Capture
Water and sanitation

The cost to fix ongoing sewage issues along the south coast of Barbados has been estimated at Bds$12.9 million (approximately US$6.5 million), according to Dr. David Estwick, Minister with responsibility for Water Resource Management:

It will cost Government $12.9 million to address the south coast sewage issues.

This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Water Resource Management, Dr. David Estwick, during a press conference last weekend, at his Ministry’s Graeme Hall, Christ Church offices.

He said Cabinet had approached the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank for assistance, to effect three solutions identified, following consultation with regional and international experts.

Dr. Estwick explained that based on the recent tests and CCTV imaging carried out on the network by the BWA and a team of consultants, there were three major challenges affecting the system.

“One, there are obstructions on the carrier line or the gravity fed line – this is the line bringing sewage from all of the connections into the plant. [There are] breaks in that line, as well as the infiltration [of both fresh and sea water] into that line. Two, rupture of the force main line which carries sewage from the effluent pumps to the outfall and three, the impact of that is recirculation of sewage that should be pumped out to the ocean coming back into the carrier line and backing up behind the blocked areas, therefore flowing through the manholes or circulating back to the plant,” he outlined.

As it relates to the sewage overflows, Dr. Estwick said this was due to the rupturing of the 10-inch pump by foreign objects, such as towels and meat packaging. He added that authorities had ordered a new 10-inch pump, which had to be custom-built and was expected to be in the island next week. The six-inch pump, which also failed, was also being repaired.

He also empathised with affected residents and businesses, and gave the assurance that the BWA was working assiduously to rectify the problem, although he could not give a timeline as to when the matter would be completely resolved.

Read more in the full media release from the Barbados Government Information Service.

Previously on Green Antilles: Sewage Crisis in Barbados.


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