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Laundromat run-off in VG raises pollution concerns

- Water testing to be done next week
A resident of Virgin Gorda gives feedback at the town hall meeting called by Ninth District Representative, and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley on January 23, 2020. Photo: VINO
From left: Deputy Speaker Honourable Neville A. Smith (AL), Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5), Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) and Acting Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) at the town hall meeting in Virgin Gorda on January 23, 2020. Photo: VINO
From left: Deputy Speaker Honourable Neville A. Smith (AL), Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5), Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) and Acting Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) at the town hall meeting in Virgin Gorda on January 23, 2020. Photo: VINO
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley held his first town hall meeting on January 23, 2020 since elected on February 25, 2019. Photo: VINO
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley held his first town hall meeting on January 23, 2020 since elected on February 25, 2019. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The alleged heavy odour of detergent in the water in an area of Valley in Virgin Gorda has resulted in residents voicing concerns about the issue to their Ninth District Representative, and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley, who held his first town hall meeting on January 23, 2020 to report to his constituents about accomplishments and challenges of 2019 and projections for 2020.

The well attended meeting was held at the Catholic Community Centre in Valley, Virgin Gorda and saw support from Acting Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL), Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5), Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) and Deputy Speaker Honourable Neville A. Smith (AL).

Water testing to be done

Hon Wheatley assured residents he will move with urgency to have the requisite department deploy a team to conduct water sampling in an effort to address possible serious pollution caused by run-off from a laundromat in a section of the Valley.

He explained, “We have been carrying out increased water testing. We don’t normally test water unless it’s a swimming area like long Bay, Cane Garden Bay, Brewers Bay and around Willy T. I will have a team over here next week to test the water to see exactly what is there. We are not going to speculate, we will test the water to see what is there before we take action.”

‘We have destroyed the environment for personal gains’- Gregory George 

Making it emphatically clear that he was not throwing blame on anyone or attempting to create conflict in anyway, Mr Gregory George expressed deep concern about the high smell of detergent in the water in the area between Coco Maya and Fischer’s Cove.

“We all know that the reef between Coco Maya and Fischer’s Cove is just about there. I went to Kayak from the area of the old Post Office back around to Trump Bay and when I got into the water I had to look around because I was smelling detergent, it was that strong.”

Further stressing his concern about this issue, Mr George said more care must be given to the environment.

“We have destroyed and continue to destroy our natural environments for personal gains, we have to find solutions, not to shut our businesses down, but how can we find solutions to fix those things, because at the end of the day once we lose the environment all of us are going to be affected.”

He pleaded, “I am saying, how best can we check that pipe, re-route it. With the advancement of technologies today we can put solutions scrubbers on a laundromat and make sure all the water is scrubbed and cleaned and can be reused. It just takes us time to sit down and get a think tank together on how we can approach these things.”

Wasteful dumping of concrete

Mr George also spoke about what he termed the wasteful dumping of excess concrete by companies. I think we are wasting stuff, something that can probably be used.”

The resident suggested and the District Representative, Hon Wheatley, welcomed the idea of having a discussion with those concerned to have left over cement used to fill potholes or placed on broken drive-ways of private properties.

Residents also complained about raw sewage on the streets.

9 Responses to “Laundromat run-off in VG raises pollution concerns”

  • facts (24/01/2020, 14:16) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    4 more years for vip
    • Well Sah (24/01/2020, 15:02) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      at least for Vincent to early to say the entire party
    • Virgin Gordian (25/01/2020, 17:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      All they (Hons) was talking about is how “Good of a Representative we have”, Mention the little work they’ve don’t and blah blah BLAHH. NO REAL ADVANCEMENT PLAN FOR VG AND ITS PEOPLE! Vincent throw a little sweet talk in the housing program But ILL WAIT UNTIL I SEE IT. IT STILL HAVE PLENTY VG PEOPLE HOMELESS AND DISPLACED, since Irmaria!
  • Grams (24/01/2020, 16:23) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Neville, on your way home stop by Grams. Car wash water and sewerage running all day. Not sanitary for a food place. Complain, you get cursed out.
    • Clean It Up (26/01/2020, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Munister of Health should drive up the Greenland Road. The area around Tigers is stink! Food should not be sold there given the gravity of the situation.
  • Glad to see (24/01/2020, 17:10) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    The team showed up together to support their colleagues and support for the Community.
  • BET (24/01/2020, 19:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    1 out of the 4 will get back in
  • Diaspora (24/01/2020, 19:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    When a construction/operations permit was issued for this laundromat was not grey water disposal a permit check list/check off item? Is the laundromat discharging directly to the sea or to a septic system? Are laundromats discharges classified as industrial waste and if so, the waste should be processed through a pretreatment process before full processing through a septic system? The discharge chemicals (detergents) pollutes and contaminates the sea impacting its beneficial uses, ie, safe swimming, fishing, snorkeling.....etc. Regulations must be put in place to strike an amicable balance between protecting and preserving environmental resources and business operations.
  • hate (25/01/2020, 07:58) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Haters. Envious. They will complain about anything to stop the people they hate and envious of.


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