BWA: Sys­tem in South over­whelmed

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THE BAR­BA­DOS WA­TER AU­THOR­ITY (BWA) is ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic, es­pe­cially busi­nesses, for sup­port in try­ing to end the “na­tional cri­sis” caused by sewage flow­ing onto some South Coast streets.

Gen­eral man­ager Kei­throy Hal­l­i­day said their crews at the Wastew­a­ter Divi­sion were be­ing over­whelmed with ma­te­rial that did not be­long in the sew­er­age sys­tem.

“If it is that we are go­ing to deal with this and it is a na­tional cri­sis, we need ev­ery­one to come on board and un­der­stand the only way we are go­ing to get past this is for ev­ery­one to stop putting the type of ma­te­rial in the sew­er­age sys­tem that is cre­at­ing havoc with our pump. This is ex­pen­sive, this is frus­trat­ing, this is fa­tigu­ing all of our staff. We need your help,” he said at a me­dia con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Four of the pumps to the sys­tem failed and al­though three had been re­placed, the largest pump was not work­ing.

Hal­l­i­day said based on the type of ma­te­rial they were see­ing in the sew­er­age sys­tem, it could not be at­trib­uted to res­i­dents. He did not iden­tify the ma­te­rial, but said it seemed to be com­ing from large ho­tels or guest houses.

“We need them to en­sure that what is go­ing into the sew­er­age line is only what is le­gal or what is le­git­i­mate,” he added.

Wastew­a­ter Divi­sion man­ager Pa­tri­cia In­niss said busi­nesses had also made con­nec­tions to the sys­tem which al­lowed stormwa­ter to in­fil­trate and this was also con­tribut­ing to the prob­lem. She said they had de­ployed teams to “pull” from the prop­er­ties to help ease the sit­u­a­tion.

Mean­while, just over a week af­ter Hast­ings, Christ Church res­i­dent “Lil Gi­ant” called for the shift­ing of the pedes­trian cross­ing ad­ja­cent to Lanterns Mall, it has been re­lo­cated.

At the time, he said the el­derly could not cross the road and other pedes­tri­ans were avoid­ing the sewage wa­ter which was flow­ing from a drain in the road.

(Pic­ture by Maria Brad­shaw.)

Yes­ter­day, a crew from the Min­istry of Trans­port and Works painted a new cross­ing, closer to Hast­ings Plaza.

How­ever, it marked an­other day when res­i­dents and busi­nesses in Hast­ings and Wor­thing had to deal with ef­flu­ent flow­ing from the breached sys­tem. Chicken Barn, Esso Hast­ings and the Wor­thing Post Of­fice are all closed. ( SAT)

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