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Worthing, Christ Church (FILE)

Worthing, Christ Church (FILE)

Under the category of  Foreign Travel Advice, Barbados, Health, an alert has been issued in relation to the ongoing sewage issue plaguing the South Coast.

The Latest update as of yesterday, January 11, 2018, stated:

Health section – certain areas of the South Coast are experiencing breakdowns of sewage pipes. Leakages are occurring; you should avoid coming into direct contact with raw sewage and normal hygiene precautions should be followed’

The alert is listed as still current today, January 12, 2018.

This notice follows two similar travel advisories issued this week, first by the Canadian government and then by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. All the notices speak to ‘raw sewage’ along the South Coast. However, unlike the British notice, the governments of Canada and the U.S. gave a specific area, stating Hastings to St. Lawrence Gap, along the South Coast.

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These notices come after the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), the Wastewater Division especially has been battling this issue and digging deep while conducting numerous, costly repairs and tests to get a permanent solution.

The process is inhibited by the fact that the South Coast water mains are not shut down to allow round-the-clock repair work, they are still in use, and furthermore, from reports when one of the underground pumps was damaged by debris in the lines a day after being installed, it became apparent the system is also being misused and abused.

In a meeting on Wednesday, January 10, the Barbados Tourism and Hotel Association (BHTA) got the BWA to provide a three-month timeline for the completion of the work.