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Raw sewage being flushed totally unacceptable! – Third District Representative

Work being carried out on the main RO building at the Biwater site in Paraquita Bay earliear this year. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA describes as totally unacceptable the fact that raw sewage continues to be flushed into the sea at Slaney.

This disclosure was made as the former Minister for Communications and Works held a community meeting on November 10, 2012 in his district to discuss issues taking place currently in the territory.

“If you don’t have a sewage treatment plant, you can’t flush,” he said. He admitted however, that this statement would be wrong considered that this is being done currently. “That’s what they do, right now from Baughers Bay, Long Bush to Huntums Ghut, Road Town, they’re flushing wild and they don’t have a sewage treatment plant.”

“All that stuff is coming out here at Slaney… totally irresponsible, totally unacceptable.” Though the former Works Minister confessed that he had been a part of two governments that had done it previously he said that the current government was back in and doing it again “flushing raw sewage out to Slaney”.

“It’s not because I didn’t do something about it,” he expressed, “I’ve tried to do something about it… the same BiWater is supposed to build a treatment plant to treat that sewage.” He felt though, that the government was playing around with the Road Town sewerage project which was supposed to include a new pumping station at the roundabout.

“The resources that this government is using to do the work that BiWater already has an agreement to do can be channelled elsewhere,” he added.

The claims made currently come amidst a furor surrounding the alleged pending lawsuit by the Global Water Associates group with which the previous NDP government had signed an agreement for sewerage treatment as well.

It was also revealed in the House of Assembly in October 2012 that some US$25m had already been invested in the BiWater project construction to date although it was disclosed that this was BiWater’s own money that had been spent.

Due diligence not followed?

He further revealed that the BiWater agreement facilitates the sale of 2.3million gallons of water on a daily basis to the government at a rate of $12.95 per thousand gallons for the first ten years, after ten years it goes to $6.88 for up to 16 years; after 16 years the entire facility becomes the property of government - free.

He expressed that he was shocked to discover that no reviews took place to ensure that the material being delivered for the project was in good order, added to this periodic visits which were stipulated to be made to the construction site and the issuance of certificates of completion were never done.

“I think it behoves you to ensure that this government’s feet is held to the fire, to ensure that when 16 years come, you don’t get what we got when we got the Baughers Bay plant which was absolutely a pile of old iron,” Hon. Fraser said in specific reference to youths at the gathering for the evening.

The former Works Minister added that the mechanisms were in place and it was the government’s responsibility to make sure that this didn’t happen. “No one should be allowed to get away with this kind of behaviour,” he said.

The BiWater Project, which was strongly opposed by the ruling party government of Dr. D. Orlando Smith leading up to the November 2011 Elections, recently failed to source adequate underground water  and has since written to Government requesting a further extension on their promise to deliver water by November.

Minister Vanterpool had previously informed the House of Assembly that BiWater had indicated that the timeline for delivery of water was November 30, 2012. The Minister also disclosed that the BiWater request for an extension is being processed through the Ministry of Communications and Works and the Attorney General´s Office.

14 Responses to “Raw sewage being flushed totally unacceptable! – Third District Representative”

  • 3rd man (12/11/2012, 15:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dumping raw dirt and mud in the SCBay Harbour was and is still totally unacceptable. I hope the minister agrees with me lol...
  • LOL (12/11/2012, 15:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man really takes the biscuit, he left the country broke and complains about what just continues to be done that his government have allowed for many years. Maybe he should be reminded it is better to keep quiet and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. I am certain the current Government will correct the situation as soon as funds allow.
  • qc (12/11/2012, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    but all the sewerge works stop as NDP ran out of $$$$$
  • wet well (12/11/2012, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well somebody needs to blow the whistle, better late than never but Fraser this waz happening when you were dey
  • eat cake (12/11/2012, 16:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The government is not giving us information to understand what is happening, we are just left out in the cold to listen to Julain Frazer and he crap!
  • one nation (12/11/2012, 16:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here is another example where the At-large system has failed us. How they can left out the 1, 2 and 3 districts and play politics in the 9? Let’s start with OUR government . Force them to Govern like it is one Country . None of that east west, north south Business.
  • E. Leonard (13/11/2012, 00:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The discharge of untreated or partially treated effluent pose severe hazards to human health and the environment, and a threat to tourism/economy. Consequences of untreated effluent includes (1)degrade natural habits (2)contaminate/pollute coastal waters/open seas, (3) destroy coral reefs, seagrass and mangroves, (4) contaminate fish and other seafood, (5) cause a myriad of bacterial and viral diseases, (6) limit swimming and other contact recreation, (7) adversely affects tourism.........etc.

    The BVI pristine waters are a major draw for both land- and water-based tourism. And dumping raw/untreated effluent into the sea impairs it and restricts its intended use,i.e., swimming, fishing, diving, skiing, snorkeling........etc. The sea is a critical economic driver that needs to be protected by proper effluent treatment. And given the large volume of effluent that is discharged, dilution is not a total solution to the pollution----Primary, secondary and tertiary treatment is needed.
    • ??? (13/11/2012, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I'm pleading ignorance. But does not the sea clean itself? So what is the big fuss about? The fuss is having me thinking seriously about fishing and swimming.
  • Fish (13/11/2012, 12:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But ayo see how big them lobsters is? Sh1t does make things grow. Why yuh think most people have banana tress rung dem septic? Skeptic.
  • Eagle and Buffalo (13/11/2012, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @???. What fuss is about? The fuss is about impairing a precious resource---sea--limiting its use and affecting our quality of life and economic growth and economic. The sea is a critical source of food for Virgin Islanders (fish, conchs, whelks, turtle...etc) and the safety of this food source should be protected. Additionally, as noted by E. Leonard, Virgin Islanders, residents and guest use the sea for such recreational activities as swimming, diving, snorkelling, skiing, boating, fishing. And its impairment will adversely affect their quality of life. Further, the sea is the core of both onshore and offshore tourism. And its impairment will be a devasting body blow to one-half of the economic twin pillars.

    Protecting the sea is critical and it is in a critical state. And a sense of urgency is needed to protect it and sustain it for the long-term. And we need to make the investment now to stop the impairment and to protect and preserve. It will not be pristine again but we need to keep it safe and usable. It is a vital resource so lets committ to protecting it.



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