MULTIMILLION DOLLAR SEWAGE FIX FOR SOUTH COAST
It will cost Government $12.9 million to address the south coast sewage issues.
He said Cabinet had approached the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank for assistance, to effect three solutions identified, following consultation with regional and international experts.
“(These are) injection wells and the two by-pass systems and the injection well with pre-treatment. We think these are the best options that we have available.
According to the Minister, the CAF had approved “a $4 million advance“, while the IDB was in discussion with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to finalise its funding arrangement.
“One, there are obstructions on the carrier line or the gravity fed line – this is the line bringing sewage from all of the connections into the plant. (There are) breaks in that line, as well as the infiltration (of both fresh and sea water) into that line. Two, rupture of the force main line which carries sewage from the effluent pumps to the outfall and three, the impact of that is recirculation of sewage that should be pumped out to the ocean coming back into the carrier line and backing up behind the blocked areas, therefore flowing through the manholes or circulating back to the plant,” he outlined.
He also emphathised with affected residents and businesses, and gave the assurance that the BWA was working assiduously to rectify the problem, although he could not give a timeline as to when the matter would be completely resolved.
Water Resource Minister finally breaks silence on South Coast Sewerage Crisis, Dr David Estwick acknowledges “catastrophic failure” of effluent treatment pipes as 9 million gallons of sewage arrives daily. He says the solution is $12.9 million project to fund creation of injection wells which would be built in 3 to 6 months, Dr Estwick says this is best of a series of bad options. He claims to feel for South Coast residents and maintains Barbados’ water remains clean and potable. Full story to come at BajanReporter.com
“Right now, I’m a little unsure of the time frames because as you are digging wells you don’t know what you may find, so I think we could be looking at three or six months for a sort of complete solution. But that doesn’t help persons who are now suffering from the problems. (Relief) will come when the second pump arrives in Barbados and we have the other 10-inch pump repaired,” Dr. Estwick assured.
He promised to provide an update on the situation as soon as possible.