Monday 10 August, 2020

BWA tackling South Coast sewage problems

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) says its Wastewater Division is continuing the cleaning and clearing of the entire sewer main from the South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant up to Hastings, Christ Church and beyond.

In a statement this evening, the BWA said this work started on Wednesday, October 25 and is expected to take a few weeks. It will remove blockages, relieve stress on the line and alleviate overflows.

Today, Friday, October 27, some customers were affected by overflows, which the BWA said was due to the failure of a rented trash pump at the plant. The pumps were out of operation for three hours and have been repaired. The BWA is awaiting an order for new trash pumps expected to arrive in another few weeks.

Meanwhile, to further address the issue of overflows the Division will seal manholes in troubled areas. This will ensure that rainwater cannot get into the manholes and sewage, charged with excess water, cannot escape.  

The BWA said it will continue to update the public as work proceeds and apologised for any inconvenience. The company expressed appreciation for the public’s patience as the Authority works to rectify challenges at the plant and in the lines. According to the utility company, the problem is compounded by poor drainage, particularly in the Worthing, Christ Church area.

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