Repairs to the sewage system on the south coast of Barbados are expected to be finished by the middle of this month when the crucial winter tourist season officially starts.

A top official involved in the project said steady progress was being made on the laying of an 18-inch ductile iron pipe by teams from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and C.O. Williams Construction Limited.

The official is reported to have told Barbados TODAY that the piping system, which is expected to be ready to function by mid-December, will run from the sewage plant at Graeme Hall, Christ Church to the Worthing Beach sluice gate.

“The pipe will feed into one eight-inch and one 12-inch HTPE pipe that are being laid by Ward Drilling and Morenco from the sluice gate way out into the deep water far beyond the reef,” he said.

“The work is progressing well and all the companies and workers deserve credit for the way in which they are giving of their best to fix this longstanding problem,” the official added.

Earlier, Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams did not commit to a date for completion of the project, but said the new outfall will be functional shortly after completion.

The minister said contractors and BWA teams were all aware of the stakes. He said he was impressed with the speed of construction and told Barbados TODAY those on the project have committed to working around-the-clock to complete the temporary outfall.

“Our target is to get this finished in record time so as not to negatively impact our tourist season,” he said.

He also revealed Government had already received several loan offers for the construction of the tertiary sewage treatment plant which is to be built in the next 18 months.

Late last month, Abrahams said the most recent efforts to fix the three-and-a-half year-long south coast sewage crisis received a major blow forcing Government to decide to build a new waste plant.

Yesterday during debate on the Public Accounts Committee report which was laid in Parliament, Abrahams admitted that Prime Minister Mia Mottley warned him in the presence of his other Cabinet colleagues that if in his efforts to fix the problem, there was so much as a hint of inappropriate spending, he would be held personally liable.

(EJ – Barbados Today)