David Estwick and the BWA Board Must Resign Over the South Coast Sewage Mess


Atlee Brathwaite, Chairman of the BWA

Early in 2017 the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) introduced changes to the management team.  Acting General Manager John Mwansa was replaced by Keithroy Halliday, Charles Leslie assumed the role of Director of Engineering, Wayne Richards was appointed to the post of Project Director, Patricia Inniss took over the Wastewater Division and Joy-Ann Haigh retained her corporate and communications role with additional responsibility for the rapid response unit. BU cannot confirm if the appointment of a Director of Finance was filled as announced.

Why have we highlighted the changes in the management team?

One year after the management shakeup the challenges the country has subsequently experienced with the South Coast Sewage plant leak exposes a level of incompetence on many fronts. In particular the decision by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to NOT replace two pumps required to ensure extraneous matter is screened and prevented from infiltrating the sewage lines is very serious and those responsible must be held accountable. The result of the mismanagement is that blockage has occurred in the sewage system. Ironically the Board had no problem paying an invoice to Hal Gollop QC for 1.5 millions dollars in legal fees – see link to the invoice.

It is not a case of being unfair to BWA employees, however, given the threat to the health of residents and visitors, millions of tax dollars already spent to remedy the problem and to remain true to an effective performance management system heads must roll as a result of the South Coast mess. We should add that the lack of routine maintenance of the plant appears to be the cause of the equipment failure.

To date most of the commentary has been wrapped in the political.  The reality is that we have very qualified professionals employed at the BWA who are charged with making decisions in the interest of the country. The public must be told if the Board was advised to replace the two pumps and if it ignored the decision. Was it a case of the Board not being informed about the failed pumps because of a flawed internal reporting process? In any event the buck stops with the Board of the BWA which reports to Minister David Estwick. To date the Atlee Brathwiate Board and David Estwick have not been asked to resign neither are we aware their resignations have been tendered.

Clearly any decision to dismiss personnel at the BWA at this time will have political implication with a general election around the corner. In a private sector organization the personnel responsible for a foul up of such magnitude would have been dismissed for incompetence a long time ago. In a meritocracy this must be the routine. Regrettably our system is one where political expediency takes pride of pace.

A lot has been written and said about the South Coast sewage leak. BU adds to the commentary by calling for the resignation of David Estwick and the Atlee Brathwaite board of directors with immediate effect.






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81 Comments on “David Estwick and the BWA Board Must Resign Over the South Coast Sewage Mess”

  1. David January 9, 2018 at 8:54 PM #

    No, he can be responsible for the damn pumps not being replaced.


  2. David January 10, 2018 at 12:58 PM #

    Will the BWA share with the public what actions were taken that has led to an abatement of the sewage leaking into the streets of Worthing/Hastings?


  3. Prodigal Son January 10, 2018 at 7:13 PM #

    What a totally inept, incompetent government……………..they refused to take action until advisories are now issued by Canada and now the US for Barbados. Wait for the British to follow tomorrow.

    What idiots we have running this country!

    To think that pitbull David Estwick had the nerve to show up to the installation on Monday skinning his teeth like the jackass he is. He has not been doing his job and should really resign.

    He has no principles at all…..had he any principles, he would have resigned when the PM and Stinkliar treated him the way they did with the the Arab refinancing proposal, the sugar factory project and the BWA project.

    So tell me why is he still around? I would really like to know if he has the guts to face the people of this country during the elections. Jackass!


  4. David January 10, 2018 at 7:40 PM #

    Pictures of Sealy and Boyce engaged in that PR stunt when they took a dip in the poowater will make things interesting.


  5. David January 11, 2018 at 10:54 AM #

    Good to hear the GM of BWA confirmation that the four mitigation measures have succeeded in stopping the flow of sewage through the manholes. Now to fixing the breech and the blockage!


  6. Hants January 11, 2018 at 11:27 AM #

    Medical chief: No info to support American advisory



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