Sewage Alert!

Sewage leaking into the sea on the South coast  Image credit: Barbados Today

Sewage leaking into the sea on the South coast of Barbados

The revelation in recent weeks that sewage (raw) is spewing into the sea on the South coast should be of concern to all Barbadians. Along with the health concern there is the potential to dent the good reputation of Barbados as an idyllic tourist destination.  The members of the BU household are fiercely patriotic and it pains us no end to observe how our infrastructure -built on the backs of our forefathers- is crumbling with a disastrous result.

Of even greater concern is the lack of transparency shown by the government so far. Barbados is a signatory to Rio Principle 10 adopted in 1992 as a part of the Rio Declaration. A relevant  extract from the agreement states:

Environmental issues are best handled with participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities [BU’s emphasis], and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided.

Clearly the Barbados government is in breach!

103 comments

  • The sea cleans itself, so it isn’t that big of a problem. We’re fortunate it wasn’t a land spill; our soul is precious; we can invest in home gardens etc. along with picking from fruit trees. In the US, most people eating GMO foods, while our trees are old and natural, healthier.

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  • ALL OF ITS GUESTS have checked out, and if the sewage problems on the South Coast are not fixed soon, it could be a rough winter season for one Worthing, Christ Church business.

    Due to the effluvium permeating the premises of Gentle Breeze Apartments, the tourists have all gone, leaving the once fully-booked apartment complex resembling a ghost town.
    This development comes after Opposition Leader Mia Mottley alleged at a political meeting Sunday night that the South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant had not worked for nearly three years. She also claimed that the Bridgetown Sewage Treatment Plant also had issues that could result in further sewage problems.
    When a team from the DAILY NATION visited the Worthing apartments yesterday afternoon, it was greeted by a putrid smell. (RB)
    – See more at: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/91384/guests-bolt#sthash.susOUS5b.dpuf

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/91384/guests-bolt

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  • Now we playing the tail with the only sector of the economy we are able to boast.

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