Leaking Waste on the South Coast, AGAIN

Manhole @Rendezvous 25/08/2017 6PM

There is no need to be prolix about the importance placed on local health authority to prevent liquid waste leaking onto our streets. It presents a health hazard to locals and visitors -bear in mind where Rendezvous is located.  It makes taxpayers question the managerial and financial ability and capacity to manage the sewerage infrastructure. It raises the issue of trust in local public officials who promised last year the problem of leaking waste on the South Coast was fixed when the BTII gave a broke Barbados Water Authority (BWA) 2 million dollars to repair the infrastructure.

The embedded image was captured within the last 24 hours at the start of a weekend that will see CARIFESTA reaching its ‘climax’. The leaking waste water and the unholy stench violating the atmosphere in the area of Rendezvous Post Office is a national embarrassment.

 

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113 Comments on “Leaking Waste on the South Coast, AGAIN”

  1. Hants August 27, 2017 at 11:58 AM #

    This is still Hurricane season.

    The Government at a very minimum should clean the water courses, roadside gutters in

    preparaion for the inevitable rain that will come.

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  2. David August 27, 2017 at 12:02 PM #

    @Hants

    The reality is that as part of government’s austerity many of the workers from Drainage were sent home.

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  3. Kevin August 27, 2017 at 1:41 PM #

    There is still some cleaning of the drains that goes on but on a much smaller scale. Drains were cleaned from Worthing down to Maxwell. HOWEVER, all of the muck and garbage that was pulled from the drains were left on the sidewalk. The muck on Worthing road was removed after a week. On Maxwell road a lot of the muck was NOT removed from the sidewalk and the rains came and washed that same muck into the road and back into the drains and into the road. For e.g the side walks in the area of of St. Dominic’s church in Maxwell. That stretch of road is filled with lots of silt and dried muck.

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  4. David August 27, 2017 at 1:52 PM #

    @Kevin

    Your comment ties in with lack of resources and cutbacks at Drainage and NCC.

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  5. John August 27, 2017 at 2:59 PM #

    Believe it or not although they are sewage manholes it may not be sewage flowing from them!!

    The simplest way to understand what is going on is to see them when there is nothing flowing from them.

    There is no evidence of any leaks being fixed, no jack hammers, no delays on the roads but somehow these manholes seem to fix themselves … entirely on their own.

    Go look in the canal that connects the swamp to the sea and you will realise that when the level is over 0.7 metres, the manholes flow!!

    When the tractor clears a path to the sea for the level to drop it does so at low tide.

    I have seen the level fall as low as 0.4 metres after the channel has been cleared.

    The tractor then leaves and as the tide comes in it deposits sand and recloses the mouth of the canal.

    However, the level in the swamp rises with the tide and stops once the canal is blocked, I have seen it back at 0.6 to 0.7 metres 12 hours after seeing it at 0.4 metres.

    So the tractor doesn’t really cause the level of the swamp to drop by much.

    Any rain in the 1156 acre catchment gets amplified in the small area (the swamp) into which it is concentrated.

    So I have my doubts that we are seeing sewage flowing from the sewage manholes, just the result of water level rises in the nearby swamp.

    Does it may any sense stopping it?

    Probably not, it is just a wet season issue.

    By the time dry season rolls around, it will disappear.

    …. having said all of that, the other way for the level in the swamp to rise other than by rainfall is if sewage pumped into it … in other words, it may be the result of problems at the sewage plant!!

    So the flowing/weeping manholes could possibly be the result of sewage problems.

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  6. millertheanunnaki August 27, 2017 at 3:03 PM #

    @ Kevin August 27, 2017 at 1:41 PM
    “There is still some cleaning of the drains that goes on but on a much smaller scale. Drains were cleaned from Worthing down to Maxwell. HOWEVER, all of the muck and garbage that was pulled from the drains were left on the sidewalk. The muck on Worthing road was removed after a week. On Maxwell road a lot of the muck was NOT removed from the sidewalk and the rains came and washed that same muck into the road and back into the drains and into the road. For e.g the side walks in the area of of St. Dominic’s church in Maxwell. That stretch of road is filled with lots of silt and dried muck.”

    Isn’t the dirty stinking ugly and woefully unsanitary picture you just painted to every fine detail a replica of Barbados today?

    It just goes to show the crassness and classlessness of the people in charge of Barbados today.

    If this set of dirty black clowns can’t even fix something as basic as keeping the place clean as they vigorously did in massa days to impress their white bosses how can you expect them to pull the country out of its current dire economic mess?

    We challenge you to name another competing tourism destination in the Caribbean that has become ugly and dirty like Barbados over the last 9 years.

    Because you are poor it does not mean you have to be dirty and living in the gutter. Justice C G after living in Bermuda must be really pissed off with the way his beloved homeland has degenerated over the last 10 years as far as the public sanitation and general appearance of the country is concerned.

    Whom are you going to blame this time for the ghastly state of horrendously poor public sanitation right in the centre of your tourism belt, the virtual breadbasket of your country?
    Is it going to be Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, the dirty Guyanese and foreigners from the “low islands” or is it that conveniently-stored bogey man the international economic recession?

    There is something called pride and also something called industry. It seems Barbados has lost both of these traits under the present administration.

    There is one chamber left to be pulled in your game of Russian roulette you are playing with public sanitation in Barbados.

    Continue to dabble in shit with the South Coast and Bridgetown sewage management systems and see what would happen to what’s left of your tourism industry.

    Your country’s wealth is not the people but the good health of its residents. Public sanitation is the sine qua non of good public health, Mess with it and your economic goose will be well cooked. The fire will soon be lit at the Oistins Bay Centre.

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  7. David August 27, 2017 at 3:05 PM #

    <blockquoteSo the flowing/weeping manholes could possibly be the result of sewage problems.

    John you wrote all the above to say it might one or the other? What about the stench?

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  8. Hants August 27, 2017 at 4:01 PM #

    https://www.theweathernetwork.com/bb/weather/-/bridgetown

    Mon
    Aug 28
    Risk of a thunderstorm

    Tue
    Aug 29
    Risk of a thunderstorm

    Fri
    Sep 1
    Risk of a thunderstorm

    Sat
    Sep 2
    Risk of a thunderstorm

    Sep 3
    Risk of a thunderstorm

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  9. Hants August 27, 2017 at 4:03 PM #

    There is also the option of waiting for a disaster so you could beg fuh help and distribute said “help” as politically strategically required.

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  10. millertheanunnaki August 27, 2017 at 5:09 PM #

    @ John August 27, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    It seems you are an “expert” on the South Coast sewage fiasco. So let us ask you an out-of-the-way question:

    Do you think the reason for the sinking road foundation and leaning utility poles many of which are about to collapse like dominoes in a high wind could be a result of underground leaks arising from the fractured pipelines?

    Could these suspected fractures have come about because of the strong pressure imposed by the tidal movements and constant wear and tear from the heavy vehicular traffic on the makeover cart roads?

    Are the materials and connectors made to the requisite high standards to handle these physical challenges posed by the unstable coastal location?

    “Cheap things no good. Good things no cheap.”

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  11. 555dubstreet August 27, 2017 at 5:42 PM #


    ★ Party in the Slum
    ★ Slum (In Dub)

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  12. Hants August 27, 2017 at 8:14 PM #

    Spare a thought for the people of Houston. Absolutely devastating Flooding.

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  13. John August 27, 2017 at 9:08 PM #

    What appears to be sinking foundation of the road is I believe, the lay of the land.

    If you walk from Big B to the sea past the manholes you realise you are actually going up a hill.

    You are in a depression, the same one which includes the Graeme Hall Swamp.

    I suspect sea level is the reason for the flowing/weeping manholes but in the absence of categorical statements from the authorities about the health of the Sewage plant, sewage can’t be ruled out as a cause.

    I was watching the manholes for days and saw they were dry.

    Then two days ago I saw them start to weep.

    I did not notice any stench out of the ordinary.

    So I am more inclined to think we are witnessing a problem caused by sea level, and the level of water in the swamp/depression.

    We have not had much rain these past few days so I reckon rain is ruled out.

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  14. John August 27, 2017 at 9:11 PM #

    If pipelines were fractured the manholes would never be dry.

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  15. John August 27, 2017 at 9:14 PM #

    Remember when the sewage project was done, no dig technology was used to lay the pipes.

    Tunnels were dug in the limestone and pipes put in.

    Limestone is porous so water will find its way in to the tunnels.

    The pipes may be submerged but may be perfectly sound!!

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  16. Hants August 27, 2017 at 11:41 PM #

    http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1196360

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  17. Bush Tea August 28, 2017 at 7:19 AM #

    @ John
    If pipelines were fractured the manholes would never be dry.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    If pipelines were fractured, the manholes would be dry when the ground is dry enough to absorb the resulting leakage from the (positive pressure) pipes.

    When the ground is saturated, (which increases the outside hydraulic pressure) not only will this leakage be reduced, but with a high enough pressure, there will be additional ingress of water, which will increase the flow in the pipes and put pressure on the manholes…. resulting in seepage …EVEN BEFORE SURFACE FLOODING.

    If the pipelines were fully intact, there would only be flood ingress where water levels rose above the actual manhole covers.

    Basically the system seems to be leaking into the subsoil (the very thing it was supposed to end from suck wells).

    It is not difficult to predict the kinds of problems in store…..

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  18. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 28, 2017 at 7:40 AM #

    And if the government ministers just stand around peering into the sewage holes, along with BWU and ministry of the environment in nstead of doing something about them and fixing them, the sewage seepage will only increase and escalate…..right Bushman.

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  19. Bush Tea August 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM #

    @ WW&C
    Government ministers shiite!!
    Those fellas have been the dumbest of the dumb….. unfortunately for us, they call the shots.

    They (both Bees and Dees) could not even figure out how to build that project from new – when there were unlimited options, techniques and proposals. What chance do you think there is now, of effecting a sound REPAIR of a leaking sewerage system?

    Can you imagine the state of the subsoil around a fractured pipe?
    Are you aware of the techniques used to install those pipes?

    Bushie watched that shiite being built and marvelled at the stupidity…
    It was build with a 5-year timeframe in mind, in Bushie’s humble opinion.

    Lotta shiite!!!
    …literally.

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  20. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 28, 2017 at 8:10 AM #

    Lol…at least the ministers will be giving us endless material to beat them over their dumb heads with, on the blogs…lol

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  21. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 28, 2017 at 9:44 AM #

    The dummies of government can continue to play political games with raw sewage leakage for as much as they want and as long as they like, the island is in dire need of a wake up call and reality check.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/gaza-pollution-kills-five-year-old-boy-electricty-sewage-water-crisis-israel-hamas-palestinian-a7916326.html

    “A five-year-old Gazan boy has died after swimming in seawater contaminated by the raw and minimally-treated sewage that is flowing into the Mediterranean thanks to the Gaza Strip’s escalating power crisis.”

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  22. John August 28, 2017 at 11:08 AM #

    If pipelines were fractured, the manholes would be dry when the ground is dry enough to absorb the resulting leakage from the (positive pressure) pipes.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    So why during the wet season with the ground is …. well …. wet ….. would the manholes stop flowing/leaking?

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  23. Bush Tea August 28, 2017 at 11:28 AM #

    Come on John … this is about WATER … something that you understand – not black history…

    It is a complex relationship involving multiple factors.

    …Is the internal pipe pressure greater than the external ambient pressure?
    …how many pumps are on?
    .. what is the capacity being processed?
    .. how high is the water table (external pressure)?
    .. how compact is the area around the leak …?

    So it is more complex than just ‘wet or dry season’ per se…

    Point is that the only way we should see leakage at manholes is where the net internal pressure exceeds the outflow capacity. Bushie simply showed how fractured pipes could conceivably account for such a situation.

    Another possibility is blocked outflow pipes, or excessive pump pressures being applied at the plant end. However one would think that simple pressure measurement systems would trigger alarms – should this be at the case… (although in BBBB-land yuh never know…. )

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  24. Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger August 28, 2017 at 11:38 AM #

    lol…we keep telling John to stick to something he at least partially understands, but does he listen.

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  25. David August 28, 2017 at 12:26 PM #

    @Bush Tea

    Don’t forget there is confusion surrounding how many effusers are NOT blocked off the Hilton way.

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  26. John August 28, 2017 at 3:54 PM #

    The manholes have miraculously stopped weeping/flowing!!

    I can see and have seen no evidence of road works or repairs to the sewage pipes.

    I actually have it on good authority that Froon put on his grass skirt and went out dancing in the light of the moon!!

    Point is they have stopped …. and I don’t think Froon did anything!!

    Full moon is early next month and usually there is rain around that time.

    If there is enough, the level in the channel will rise above 0.7 metres and they will start again.

    Oh, by the way, did I mention I also checked the level in the channel just now.

    It is between 0.65 and 0.7 metres … so too low.

    We will wait and see …. not too long to wait!!

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  27. John August 28, 2017 at 3:55 PM #

    Next time you see them flowing/weeping go up by the channel and check the level

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  28. Sargeant August 28, 2017 at 6:37 PM #

    Houston, we have a problem!

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  29. Hants August 28, 2017 at 7:45 PM #

    @Sargeant,

    More problems heading from off the coast of Africa. Barbados could be affected.

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=5

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  30. Sargeant August 28, 2017 at 8:50 PM #

    @Hants

    We hope that God is indeed a Bajan and that “disturbance” heads elsewhere , see the challenges Houston faces despite Texas and USA with all the planning and resources.

    Nature 1 Man 0

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  31. Hants August 28, 2017 at 8:58 PM #

    @ Sargeant,

    I hope Barbados is lucky but but there will be flooding sooner or later.

    Government should be proactive and add temporary workers to the Drainage unit to clear the drains and water courses.

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  32. John August 29, 2017 at 3:22 AM #

    It is usually late September early October that Nature reserves her worst, Janet was Sept 22, the Boscobelle Landslip in 1901 was early October (15″ of rain in three days).

    Having said that, last year we had 6.69 inches on 29th November.

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  33. Hants August 29, 2017 at 2:14 PM #

    A low pressure area located just west of the Cabo Verde Islands has
    become better defined since yesterday.

    Formation chance through 5 days…high…90 percent.

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  34. John August 29, 2017 at 2:52 PM #

    My guess is the system just west of the Cape Verde Islands will travel to the North West and miss Barbados .. prediction indicate so as well.

    It is forming north of latitude 13 degrees.

    It is the next couple of systems we got to watch, especially if they form at latitudes below 13 degrees north.

    They will get to us mid to late September.

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  35. Hants August 30, 2017 at 11:17 AM #

    WATCH OUT for IRMA!!!

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?cone#contents

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  36. John August 30, 2017 at 12:26 PM #

    High Pressure driving it south.

    Question is does it have enough time to get down to 13 degrees or thereabouts?

    The coordinates will tell ….. will check and see

    Right now there is a system over Barbados threatening rain all morning, just a sprinkle but suspect by evening we may be having some rain

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  37. John August 30, 2017 at 12:30 PM #

    http://hurricane.terrapin.com/ATL-11A/ctrack.html

    Still a good chance it will be north of us

    Should pass around full moon, September 6th

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  38. John September 1, 2017 at 7:07 AM #

    Still looks like Irma will pass north but it looks like it will be major.

    It is moving really slowly and gathering strength.

    A must watch!!

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