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Sewage ‘worse than Covid-19’ for Tapas


RACHELLE AGARD

Sewage ‘worse than Covid-19’ for Tapas
Tapas Restaurant reopened under the COVID-19 protocols. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)

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Businesses along the island’s South Coast have recovered from the sewage which spilled onto the streets three years ago, but now they are trying to contend with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the end of 2017 and most of 2018, many businesses and residents suffered the effect from a malfunctioning South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant.

Those along the stretch that includes Worthing, Hastings and Rendezvous Hill, Christ Church and the beach vendors on Accra Beach battled against overflowing sewage in the streets and the accompanying pungent odours.

The situation along Highway 7 even prompted the United States Embassy to issue a health advisory to Americans living in the area instructing them to boil their water before using it. A month later, in February 2018, the Barbados Water Authority placed a $12.9 million price tag on overcoming the problem.

Owner at Tapas Restaurant in Hastings, Alfredo Giovine, onto whose property sewage spilled, said the problem had been fixed. (RA)

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