Dumping In The Belle, a Zone 1 Area

BU understands government trucks attempted to dump in the Belle recently

As far back as 2008 the government expressed concern about the high level of nitrates in Barbados’ underground water supply. To quote a Nation newspaper report of 1/10/2008, “the level of the compound, which has no colour, odour or taste, is within World Health Organisation (WHO) stipulations, but high enough to cause rising concern. Minister of Health Jerome Walcott made these disclosures Sunday evening when he gave a report on his portfolio to more than 400 people gathered at Foundation School.” 

In light of the foregoing, it is unacceptable that government vehicles would be among those caught DUMPING at the Belle – a Zone 1 site – while Minister Denis Lowe is reported to be attending a UNEP Conference on Chemical Management in Nairobi, Africa. The truck drivers should be complimented however for adhering to instructions NOT to dump in the Belle, BU understands the drivers headed to the authorized landfill.

All should be reminded that nature has a funny way of exacting recompense.  BU takes this opportunity to CONGRATULATE two young Barbadians who participated in a clean up exercise on the weekend. And they say the children shall lead them.

  • Captured from Facebook:

    Belle Dump Site News: I was just contacted this afternoon by the Environmental Protection Department. They will be meeting us on site at 11am this Thursday. Many of you offered you support on Facebook and now is the time to show your true support. United we stand divided we will shall all drink high nitrate water. http://goo.gl/QqCQm

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  • John King said it . Everything in Barbados is deteriorating : cricket; politics , ethics ; morals ; mores; norms; civil service; Police Force; Boys on the block; homosexual resistance; appreciation and love for others, everything.

    The politicians have contributed significantly to the deterioration. Politicians need to up their game and set proper examples. Politicians should not be looking to encourage people in foolishness. Kenny Best has set a good example reflected in his statement carried on Television last week when he admonished young people to be more resilient and stop looking for handouts. He was right on the money, his words are worth their weight in gold and he has inspired me a great deal. His statement has had a profound effect on me. It has changed my outlook on life and I want to publicly thank Mr. Kenny Best. Mr. Sentiments should be repeated repeatedly.

    dux hectaa sulse estu orio secunde

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  • @ David

    If you dig a little deeper i’m sure you will find that it is not only nitrates that are found in Barbados water source that are at high levels that have serious health complications. You should know that the water all pumping stations are tested every day to determined it’s composition and suitable for human consumption according to international standards. You should also know that the Belle is not the only one with question marks and that some illnesses has been quietly discuss with regards to Barbados water quality.
    It will take more than one RO Plant in the Belle to solve Barbados water quality problems.
    I have been saying for year that Barbados have some serious water quality breaches,,….lifestyle changes, agricultural practices change, expansive and unregulated housing/ building practices and of course unchecked discharge of waste…….yet BWA water treatment and management technology has not change
    Building a grand BWA headquarters will not solve the water quality problems. Shouting out all the grand plans for the BWA will not solve the water quality problems and sadly enough the Barbados Government nor the BWA by extension have neither the financial, managerial or technical will/ capability to solve such

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  • hey don’t tell the tourist?hide all crime ,murder,anything .you must lie to keep them coming .

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  • I have stated in another blog here that if we were to know the truth about our water the BWA would be in real trouble. And dem still boasting that “We have the best drinking water in the Caribbean and the world”! What about the disposal of the energy saving light bulbs? The contain mercury yet we are encouraged to use these.

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  • Barbados once known for its well managed water system is now sitting on a Cholera time bomb.
    Barbados water distribution system was born out of a Victorian Public Health system geared towards the prevention of further outbreaks of cholera of the type experienced in the mid 1800’s.
    Now this same storage and distribution system is being compromised by modern beneficiaries of a once admired and envied public health infrastructure.

    How can a country sink suck wells to store faeces, dangerous household cleaning chemicals and other waste and don’t expect them to seep through our porous coral limestone into our underground reservoirs from which we pump our potable water? It’s just a matter of time before our dirty habits catch up with us.
    Barbados is now being confronted with many problems many of them of our own making. But threats to Public Health are nothing to overlook or sweep under the carpet for political expediency. Any outbreak of any disease to compromise our public health will result in the collapse of our tourist industry and even the international business sector.
    When it rains it pours. And it is raining problems after problems for poor Bim.

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  • St George's Dragon

    While dumping rubish is deplorable, I don’t believe that is the source of nitrates in the water. It is far more likely to be from suckwells draining human waste into the ground, or from fertilizer applied to the cane fields. Neither is going to go away in the short to medium term. Not in the long term either, unless Government has a strategy for dealing with those sources.

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  • The main source of NITRATES is fertilizer.

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  • @ Wily Coyote | September 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Agree ! Especially inorganic (artificial or chemical) fertilizers.

    What is the main source of cholera, dysentery and other water borne diseases?

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  • The issue here is about indiscriminate dumping in a zone 1 district. What is the makeup of the materials of the dumps is irrelevant.

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  • @ David | September 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM |

    We are certain that if the EPD & MoH employ some basic techniques from Sleuthing 101 they will be able to come up with some identification of the source(s) of this illegal dumping. Prosecutions should not be a course of action up for debate. Or will we be dealing with the usual political interference like with the collection of VAT and other tax arrears so admirably pointed out by Caswell.
    Until politicians and senior bureaucrats stop interfering in the jobs and responsibilities of junior civil servants this kind of dumping, thieving and fraud will continue with impunity.

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  • Don’t people clean their water closet with chemical cleaners?
    Aren’t the sewerage wells a faster entry to the underground water source?
    What are these chemical cleaners composition?
    Aren’t there other serious health threats from human and animal waste leaching into the underground water source?
    Should it be the conclusion that sugarcane and food crop farming are the main source of the nitrates found in the BWA water wells?
    I believe that Barbadian need to start looking out for the safety and health with regards to potable water coming from their taps. 99.9% of Barbadians will never know the true state of the island water quality and using many of those bottled waters selling across is just as bad. Many have fail the water quality minimum bench mark

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  • @miller

    It is all about enforcement. One would think enforcement is a core responsibility of our many health and environmental inspectors. To think part of the fiscal problem we are experiencing is maintaining public sector staff strength.

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  • Barbados underground water network is small so whether dumping in a zone 1 or zone 4, it’s a sure guarantee that the underground water will be compromise If this was not so there would not be strict guidelines to prevent control and prevent leaching into underground from controlled landfills.
    All dumping outside of controlled landfills must be enforced

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  • @ David | September 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Public health protection is more sacrosanct than education. It should never be on the negotiating or sacrificial block whether D, B or IMF. There is no justifiable excuse for the lax or feeble enforcement of our laws and procedures towards public health. This is the No.1 responsibility of government with defence being number two. A healthy people is a wealthy people capable of protecting and educating themselves.

    It is because of the previous relatively good public health policies and systems in Barbados along with clean air and simple natural diets that Barbados has been blessed with its fairly high share of long livers many reaching a century of batting at the proverbial crease.

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  • And do you know that Land Tax charges $500 per acre for zone 1 land not in cultivation.

    In other words if you do not cultivate your land and pour chemical fertilizers on it, and if you choose to obey the law and not build on it, Land Tax punishes the land owner with high taxes. When really land owners in zone 1 who permit their land to go fallow, should be rewarded with a tax break.

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  • i agree with island gal,barbados should be encouraging use of low nergy led bulbs not the cfl bulbs they are pushing which contain high levels of mercury,in canda they ask that these bulbs not be put in your regular trash but disposed of with hazardous waste. WAKE UP BARBADOS

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  • An indication of how serious we see our role in protecting the environment is the lack of discussion on this and related matters.

    BU will not update the blog on Thursday as our little protest.

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  • The squatting in the Belle needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. High bacteria,feces and nitrates levels is not acceptable. Thus it must not be made a political issue as cholera will soon be at our door if we continue to be indifferent to the management of our water supply

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  • What are the other contaminants the minister said exist but did not mention?

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  • Our rich investment in education notwithstanding we seem to struggle with prioritising. We live in serious times, water security MUST be a priority.

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  • I understand that Barbados was asked to remove the statement that Barbados has one of the best drinking waters in the world from their websites.

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  • We seem to be skirting around the real source of the problem at hand. We are a dirty lot of people who think that it is smart to,and have no qualms, in dumping stuff somewhere else, as long as it is not on our property. All of the pretty talk that we heard Minister Lashley and company laid down during the World Heritage Site installation ceremony, it still is business as usual in Bridgetown and rural Barbados. Can you imagine that MTW road weeding teams are at times assigned to weed the grass from the concrete sidewalks in Bridgetown? The one disadvantage ,however, of de-bushing the sides of our highways , is that it exposes the tons and tons of discarded garbage that no one see fit to remove,but have to remain there until it is once again added to and covered in bush or tall grass. We recently saw the opening of a fast food restaurant in the concentration camp- like complex, known as The villages, and slowly but surely we are beginning to see discarded food boxes from that establishment along the ABC Highway. There was once a team with a truck from the SSA, designated ‘Pets something’ which used to come around and remove dead animals from the highway when a call is made. For a while now I’ve noticed that we have reverted to the original plan of covering the carcass with white lime and leaving it to the elements. And don’t fool your self many Bajans,and by extension,also those who govern us , are not the least bit worried. Dressed in their finery, going to some show at the Central Bank or some other ‘exclusive ‘ place, to lift their long dresses and tuxedos , hold their noses and step over these dead dogs and other stinking garbage on the streets and alleys as they exit their Mercedes and BMW’s.
    There is an old Bajan saying that really sums us up as Bajans , as well as this problem of indiscriminate garbage disposal. ” We ain’t piss when de gully out.”.

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  • @ Colonel Buggy | September 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM |
    “And don’t fool your self many Bajans,and by extension, also those who govern us , are not the least bit worried. Dressed in their finery, going to some show at the Central Bank or some other ‘exclusive ‘ place, to lift their long dresses and tuxedos , hold their noses and step over these dead dogs and other stinking garbage on the streets and alleys as they exit their Mercedes and BMW’s.”

    Colonel, I too wonder how they manage to be so ‘desensitized” about it all while driving through craters for pot holes in the roads with verges, sidewalks and gutters littered with garbage an debris;
    stepping over garbage, walking through bush and grass trying to avoid shite while holding their noses from the whiff of stinking urine in the air.
    Man, these people are really good. How they do it beggars belief. But then again dressing up in imported faked finery and driving a Benz or BMW that can’t be driven at more than 80 kmh for more than 3 mins can’t give a person ‘class’; an attribute woefully lacking in modern materialistic Barbados.
    Class comes from a genuine appreciation of the arts, language, caring relationships with your fellowman and a sensitive understanding of the natural and built environment. Not from dressing up garishly, driving about in expensive unsuitable vehicles and talking about peoples personal lives and how many paper qualifications people have behind their names.
    Class is one thing their colonial masters fail to teach or pass on to them.

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  • The Miller and the Colonel…MONEY can’t buy class!

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  • Dr Denis Lowe can share with us when he gets back from Niarobi http://www.unep.org/themes/chemicals/?page=home

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  • islandgal246 | September 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM |
    The Miller and the Colonel…MONEY can’t buy class!
    ……………………………………………………………………….
    No, but some seem to think that they can rent honorary class membership for as long as their money lasts.

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  • @David The truck drivers should be complimented however for adhering to instructions NOT to dump in the Belle, BU understands the drivers headed to the authorized landfill.
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    And I suppose a driver who knocks down a pedestrian on an authorised zebra crossing and who gets out and render first aid assistance should be given a medal.

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  • @miller etc. “Class comes from a genuine appreciation of the arts, language, caring relationships with your fellowman and a sensitive understanding of the natural and built environment.”

    Whoooo!!!!!!!!!!!

    Den de Simple Simon got class den!!!!

    And no Benz.

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  • Today’s Nation page 32 & 33. BWA engineering manager says that construction waste may be dumped at the entrance to BWA at the Belle but not organic waste.

    Just mind boggling as to why they would want construction waste dumped there at all. Isn’t construction waste not supposed to go to Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre Inc. (SBRC) at Vaucluse?

    And these are the people responsible for managing our water supply.

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  • How long before we see one of the moguls setting up a water bottling plant and have their shadows in government advising Bajans on the benefits of drinking bottled water.

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  • I understand dumping still continues in the Belle and dumping can aslo be found at Tappy Pond a stone throw from Golden Ridge Pumping Station St George. Perhaps its the water which has landed Dr Denis Lowe in a serious condition at the QEH.

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