Will Anyone be Held ACCOUNTABLE for Sewage Scandal?

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, PRESIDENT, Clement Payne Movement

David Comissiong, President, Clement Payne Movement

Who is going to hold the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) accountable for the south coast sewage crisis – an environmental and public health scandal that is threatening to destroy Barbados’ all important Tourism industry and to unleash diseases on persons who reside or work in the affected areas. And perhaps even more to the point, who is going to hold the Minister responsible for the BWA – Dr. David Estwick – and the Cabinet that he is a member of, accountable?

We Barbadians need to remind ourselves that this sewage scandal has been ongoing for well in excess of two years now! Please recall that as long ago as Thursday 22nd of October 2015 Opposition Leader Mia Mottley – speaking at the Barbados Labour Party’s Christ Church West Central candidate nomination meeting – issued a public warning that “something has gone terribly wrong with the south coast sewerage system’’, and that people who live around Graeme Hall, Christ Church were already complaining bitterly about the breakdown of the sewage system. Ms Mottley also made a pointed call to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to bestir himself and carry out an urgent investigation into the matter.

Well, the 22nd of October 2015 is exactly twenty-six and a half months ago!

As we are all aware, the duty to establish, operate and maintain public sewerage systems in Barbados resides with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), and it is a statutory duty.

The BWA is a statutory corporation that was established by the Barbados Water Authority Act, Chapter 274 A of the Laws of Barbados, and section 5 of the Act stipulates that its functions are:-

  • to prepare and submit to the Minister proposals for the establishment of efficient sewerage systems capable of meeting the need for sewerage services throughout Barbados;
  • to design, construct, provide, operate and maintain sewerage works for the purpose of receiving, treating and disposing of sewage;
  • to keep under constant review the quality, reliability, and availability of sewerage services;
  • to conduct research programmes for its purposes; and
  • to disseminate information and advice with respect to the management and treatment of sewage.

All of the evidence that is available to us points to the BWA having failed to carry out the duties and functions imposed upon it by the Barbados Water Authority Act and/or having been guilty of gross negligence in the carrying out of those duties and functions. This – it seems to me – may well be a matter that should be taken before the Law Courts of Barbados under the provisions of the Administrative Justice Act Chapter 109 B of the Laws of Barbados.

Section 6 of the Administrative Justice Act provides that “the Court may on an application for judicial review grant relief in accordance with this Act

a) to a person whose interests are adversely affected by an administrative act or omission;

b) to any other person if the Court is satisfies that that person’s application is justifiable in the public interest in the circumstances of the case.”

And the “relief” that the Court may grant includes an order of Mandamus requiring the statutory board to carry out its public duty, as well as an order for damages in money.

We Barbadians must resolve to bestir ourselves and make the effort to hold our public authorities – inclusive of Government Ministers and statutory corporations – accountable. If we fail to take steps to do so, we will only be encouraging them to engage in even more irresponsible and detrimental behaviour.

149 comments

  • @AC
    Yours at 10.18am

    Stop the political posturing and pointing fingers, most of us don’t care who built what, it is a fact that there is a problem which needs to be fixed. I said sometime ago that this was a National Emergency and should be treated as such, instead you have ministers engaging in public relations exercises like bathing in the sea and dining out in the affected areas instead of remedying the situation.

    I have a ticket to fly down there soon and if not for my sainted mother I would have made arrangements to go elsewhere, as it is I will be avoiding that area like the plague but those who run the country don’t have to worry about people like me they should worry about the other folks who read and will change their minds about contributing to what is left of the country’s economy.

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  • @ Sargeant,

    Enjoy your trip.

    Some other CanBajans will skip this year and visit after the Sewage problem ix fixed.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Let the yardfowsl approach any tourist with that nonsense talk and they will see where the next issued travel ADVISORIES. …. for shit floating on the streets of Barbados will be coming from, which the tourists will be the ones doing the exposing…lol.

    Idiot.

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  • Tell the Barbados Government geniuses to google this

    ” Barbados sewage problem “

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  • All this early morning noise not going to solve the problem. The design and capacity of the south coast pit toilet was a huge mistake from the start which has resulted in a collassal failure.Enough blame to go around starting with the political technocrats whose vision was to build a pt toilet on swamp land instead of a well planned and design Sewer system with a capacity size which could house large volumes of sewage and release to the sea

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  • Didn’t Engineer Andrew Hutchinson advise last week that the issue with the sewage plant has nothing to do with capacity? That it has to do mainly with maintenance?

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  • Tell the Barbados Government geniuses to google this

    ” Canada travel advisories ”

    Exercise normal security precautions.
    Exercise a high degree of caution. IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country may be compromised.
    Avoid non-essential travel.
    Avoid all travel.
    Travel advice and advisories for Barbados – TRAVEL travel.gc.ca
    https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/barbados

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  • @ David, it has everything to do with maintenance.

    The fact that the plant has been working for over 20 years suggest that .

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Dont mind lying ac….this government never did any adequate maintenance work on the sewage plant for the last 10 years, if they did they could never have had such a protracted and consistent. shit flow.

    A stitch in time…….

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  • https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/researchers-grow-first-functioning-human-muscle-from-skin-cells/vi-BBIaGU4?ocid=spartandhp

    It will be interesting to see what effect these celestial happenings at the end of this month cause with tides and weather.

    I suspect the manholes may be back running soon but we will wait and see.

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  • Saregeant why have you single me as one of political posturing. Furthermore i have read and seen where necessary attempts are being made by the BWA to resolve and adress the problem
    Any political posturing should be pointed in those individual direction who see this problem as a first hand poliltical attempt to kick the sewer shit further in the streets.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ ac January 10, 2018 at 10:57 AM #
    “All this early morning noise not going to solve the problem. The design and capacity of the south coast pit toilet was a huge mistake from the start which has resulted in a collassal failure.”

    If you can so describe the south coast sewage plant as a “Pit Toilet”, then you, by definition, must be a shit(e) crab posing as a crapaud catching the flies feeding from the pit.

    Despite the incontrovertible facts produced by Artax to the unquestionable effect that it was under a DLP government that the same pit toilet was designed and approved you still continue to peddle like a blue-ass a filthy tissue of lies.

    It is, coincidentally, under the current DLP regime the same pit toilet has not been cleaned regularly thereby leading to an overflow of crap right into your oral orifice instead of the sea.

    Ac, when next you visit the same pit toilet to feed, why not let Prince Artax kiss you; not to be turned back into a shit crab but be transmogrified into a blow fly to tell us how long your shit-filled DLP has been brain dead.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Since our Dr. GP is playing shy and coy with me, here are some of the effects of breathing in raw sewage in its most toxic state.

    “Airborne Biological Contaminants
    Volatilization is the gaseous loss of a substance to the atmosphere. Agitation of raw sewage can cause volatilization of biological contaminants in sewage, although this type of microbial suspension is short-lived. Breathing suspended microbial contaminants may infect a person with bacteria, fungi, parasites or viruses. Bacteria and parasites often cause diarrhea, fever, cramps and vomiting. Symptoms of fungal infections include allergic reactions and lung infections. Viral symptoms vary.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    So it’s very clear the ministry of health is blatantly lying, particularly George, when they are pretending not to know that raw sewage has a toxic disposition with myriad side effects to people that are bacterial, parasitic, fungal and virulent in nature, when airborne…

    The shit has been flowing and being inhaled by residents and workers for some saw 2 years…others say up to 5 years…but it is ongoing.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    It’s the constant lying by government and their dumb lackeys and yardfowls that got that Travel Advisory issued against the island..

    …. I do not believe despite all that he has said on here that GP would ever involve himself in any lies and cover up to further destroy the island.

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  • @AC
    Enough blame to go around starting with the political technocrats whose vision was to build a pt toilet on swamp land instead of a well planned and design Sewer system with a capacity size which could house large volumes of sewage and release to the sea
    ++++++++
    The swamp is part of the geography of the area unless you thought it should have been built in St. George. Gov’t is a continuum, the DLP conceptualized the project, the BLP executed it, now there are problems the Gov’t of the day should fix it.

    Maintenance has never been top of the agenda in Bim, the issue of the South Coast sewage system may have been exacerbated by the location of the swamp, time will tell if this is just the beginning of a can of worms as there are other sewage systems in the country.

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  • @ Sargeant who wrote “now there are problems the Gov’t of the day should fix it.”

    Absolutely correct.

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  • I hope that the Government is doing an assessment of the entire sewage system in Barbados.

    Imagine if raw sewage starts coming up through manholes in Bridgetown.

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  • Let us see how the three days reprieve stand up under some rain we have been experiencing today.

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  • Well Sargeant. Has not the govt trying to correct the problem i belive all of which has been in the local media.

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  • Govt has given reasons for problems abr causes for delay including stating that the system can no longer perform in a satisfactory manner to meet the full purpose of an expanded community.
    In other words the pit toilet is too small .

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  • well well
    re …. I do not believe despite all that he has said on here that GP would ever involve himself in any lies and cover up to further destroy the island.

    1- GP is in FL currently quietly watching Gunsmoke…….he is not involved in any lies and cover up to further destroy the island.

    2- I merely asked you a question causin I dont have no more power points from the internet to post on BU lol ………and the public health situation in Bim is not my responsibility or busyness

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  • Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service

    GP…ah glad that ya comfortably ensconced like i am…. on ya couch or bed watching the world twirl…lol

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  • The experts cite reasons of government lacking an adequate, efficient maintenance program…… and a clown (ac) that does not have the requisite technical knowledge or education…….. and is therefore UNQUALIFIED to give an informed/expert opinion about sewage plants…….

    ……..is attempting to mislead Barbadians by “categorically stating” the South Coast sewage plant is too small.

    More political shiite rhetoric from a clown (ac) attempting to assume the role of “pseudo engineer.” No wonder George Street is in shambles.

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  • AC all and sundry are tired of your blame game fix the problem or STFU.Tell me have the PM or Dr Estwick visited the South Coast yet .None of the Dems do not seem to want to answer this question,where is Fractured,and CCC,suddenly gone quiet,leaving poor AC to fight alone.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ ac January 10, 2018 at 4:06 PM
    “In other words the pit toilet is too small..”

    So how come there is some relief albeit temporary as long as your dirty lying pretenders remain in office?

    What has happened, ac the Chief Sewer rat in charge of engineering, is that they have finally found a modicum of commonsense and have sent down divers to clear the blockage in the pipe leading to the outfall at sea to ease the pressure on the fractured land lines.

    They could have saved the BWA money by feeding you some rat bait and sending you to remove with your ‘twisted’ tail the sand and debris blocking up the diffusers.

    Just a bunch of penny wise pound foolish DLP jokers!

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  • Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service

    Miller….the sewer rats in parliament were waiting to see if there were any bribes to be had from sending divers into the sewage to clear the blockage., i would bet my last dollar or they would have sent divers in 5 years ago, 2 years ago….even last months.

    they better pay those divers.

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  • US Embassy in Barbados issues health alert regarding the sewage fiasco on the South Coast.

    The United States Embassy in Barbados has issued a health alert regarding the island’s South Coast between Hastings and St Lawrence Gap.

    “There is an overflow of raw sewage due to mechanical failure on the island’s South Coast that is affecting the water quality at certain beaches between the Hastings and St Lawrence gap areas. Sewage has periodically bubbled up onto the streets, and there are reports that the overflow is reaching the beach areas,” it said in a notice on its website.

    More: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/118843/us-issues-health-alert

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  • miller and also they had to remove some business from off the South coast line as a precautionary measure to reduce pressure off the under line pipes which were blocked and were not wide enough to handle some of the residential and commercial debris also the BWA had mentioned a proposal of using the Bridgetown plant as a secondary outlet to reducesome of the high volume of sweage whicgh continued to cause heavy pressure on the plant ability to disposed at a faster speed which resulted in the overflow of manholes . You know what there is plenty horse shit being funneled on BU by the swampy mouth of the blp agitators behaving like swamp crocodiles on a feeding frenzy while using BU as a sewer pit to disposed of their sh.it

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  • @Hants
    FYI… and you will not find it in any media I know of….Toronto also had a gastro episode just prior to and over the holidays. And for whatever reasons, persons with existing conditions such as Colitis, Crohn’s, and other inflammatory intestinal conditions, were the most affected. Their CRP #’s were ‘off the chart’. (I believe that is how they measure inflammation).

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  • “You know what there is plenty horse shit being funneled on BU by the swampy mouth of the DLP agitators behaving like swamp crocodiles on a feeding frenzy while using BU as a sewer pit to disposed of their sh.it”

    Confessions of a “pseudo engineer” yard-fowl posting shiite in defence of an inept DLP administration.

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  • Artax January 10, 2018 at 7:03 PM #

    “You know what there is plenty horse shit being funneled on BU by the swampy mouth of the BLP agitators behaving like swamp crocodiles on a feeding frenzy while using BU as a sewer pit to disposed of their sh.it”

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  • The engineers the govt hired cannot seem to solve the problem very surprising since there has never been a situation they have not been able to solve on the trains they drive

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  • @Artax

    Maybe the ac yardfowl could tell BU if the company to which this inept, incompetent, deceitful, lying government gave billions of dollars in concessions added to the problems of the sewage system.

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  • @Hants

    Not even God can move Freundel to speak!

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  • MIA is reported to have said ” This is not a time now for only technical persons, to be talking to us. This is a time for the Prime Minister to come to the country.”

    It is better for the PM to stay silent because half of Bajans are not well enough educated to understand his sesquipedalian verbosity.

    Full disclosure. I had to use google to help me use the ” sesquipedalian verbosity.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Mia is saying the US has issued a Travel Advisory for Barbados, I have not seen it yet, but who is surprised,

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    US HEALTH ALERT!!!!

    Let the yardfowls continue spouting shitty excises…lol

    “The United States Embassy in Barbados has issued a health alert regarding the island’s South Coast between Hastings and St Lawrence Gap.

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    “There is an overflow of raw sewage due to mechanical failure on the island’s South Coast that is affecting the water quality at certain beaches between the Hastings and St Lawrence gap areas. Sewage has periodically bubbled up onto the streets, and there are reports that the overflow is reaching the beach areas,” it said in a notice on its website.

    American citizens were advised to avoid water activities in the affected areas and to beware of sewage on the streets.

    “If you come into contact with sewage, wash your hands, shoes, and any clothing that may have come into contact with the effluence. If you become seriously ill, seek medical attention,” the notice said.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    This from a barbadostoday blurb..

    “The Barbados economy suffers yet another downgrade.”

    So who downgraded Barbados this time….AND….which number is this?…lol

    25 or 30?…hahaha.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Why dont Fruendel just call the damn election, it will not get better, he is not thinking about the welfare of the people or the country.., too damn selfish and uppity….at this stage the only movement for this government is down. ..they have reached the point of no return….through their own lack of action.

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  • Which downgrade number is this? Number 2 ain’t it?

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  • @Green Monkey

    CariCriss doesn’t count.

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  • Bajans have a strange of communicating, they call the talk shows to talk about the issues, the talk show hosts talk to the politicians on what they should to correct these problems, the politicians talk to the PM about resolving the issues, the PM only talks to God.

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  • “the PM only talks to God”.
    My observation from afar is he only addresses the party faithful, be it at George St, or a constituency held meeting, or a Party conference.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    The yardfowl ac had a lot of lip for us on BU yesterday…Miller.

    Bet ya the same yardfowl ac wont sqeak at US and Canadian Advisories against the shitbomb of raw sewage on the south coast today though….lol, hahaha.

    If this nuisance government can’t see they are being given an opportunity to get things right ASAP….well, no surprise there.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    It seems Lord Fumble has his telephone numbers mixed up.

    Instead of ringing 999 on God’s emergency hot line for help he has dialed 666 the Devil’s private line.

    How else do you explain Fumble’s boastful assertion that the credit rating agencies can downgrade the economy but they cannot downgrade Barbados and its people?

    Well Fumble, your words have not fallen on deaf ears so the Devil has sent you a reply via Facebook and a Voice Note via WhatsApp:

    The Shit on the South Coast has not only degraded Barbados but has thrown the Brand Barbados down the same sewer. So go and retrieve it.

    Not a word from the King Cock Rat this time!

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  • “the PM only talks to God”

    I hope he doesn’t expect us to believe it was God who told him to go ahead with his planned $7,000,000 independence celebration party in 2016 while, after 8 plus years of indifference and neglect, the obsolete sewage pumps were breaking down, the undersea diffusers and underground sewage lines were in the process of plugging up and/or being breached, and the putrid, nose-wrinkling stench of raw sewage was periodically wafting through the south coast air after a heavy rain – all this at the same time he was revelling in parading and letting off celebratory fireworks on the Garrison to celebrate 50 years of (supposedly) good governance under our own flag and broken pitchfo.., er I mean broken trident.

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