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Sewerage haulers warned against illegal dumping

- Authorities say offence will be dealt with accordingly
Portions of Road Town the capital city adjacent to the main Pump Station location by the Wickham’s Cay Service Station, flowing with sewerage after a service collapse in May 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mrs Scatliffe-Leonard added that the public, especially customers, who utilise the services of sewerage truck hauliers, should take note of the scheduled days and times for dumping and the cut-off times, so that the service may be requested in line with the dumping schedule. Photo: GIS
Mrs Scatliffe-Leonard added that the public, especially customers, who utilise the services of sewerage truck hauliers, should take note of the scheduled days and times for dumping and the cut-off times, so that the service may be requested in line with the dumping schedule. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sewerage truck haulers are being warned against the unauthorised dumping of sewerage at the main pump station or any other part of the Territory given that it’s an environmental offence and would be dealt with accordingly.

Director of the Water and Sewage Department, Mrs Perline Scatliffe-Leonard through a public missive warned against the practice while announcing a resumption of the schedule for the main sewerage pump station at the roundabout at Road Town.

"Trucks must be at the dumpsite thirty minutes before close-off time in order to be allowed to dump and the schedule in effect since March 2015 is as follow, Monday to Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 8:45 am (8:15 a.m. to be able to dump) and Sundays 10:00 p.m. to Midnight, (11:30 p.m. to be able to dump)," the release from the Government Information Service (GIS) noted. 

Further, she said that dumping will not be allowed if a payment receipt is not presented to the officer on site.

No Dumping while cruise ships in Port - Mrs Scatliffe-Leonard

“Truckers are asked to note that no dumping will be allowed at the station when cruise ships are in port. In the event of an emergency, the situation will be assessed, following which management will approve if dumping will be allowed,” she stressed.

Mrs Scatliffe-Leonard added that the public, especially customers, who utilise the services of sewerage truck haulers, should take note of the scheduled days and times for dumping and the cut-off times, so that the service may be requested in line with the dumping schedule.

Further, the release notes, “The cooperation of the users of the station including sewerage truck hauliers and their customers is solicited in protecting the assets placed to ensure an environmentally sound sewerage system for residents and visitors to the Virgin Islands.”

7 Responses to “Sewerage haulers warned against illegal dumping”

  • one eye (18/05/2019, 21:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pure talk
  • What!!!’ (18/05/2019, 23:03) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes pure talk, what happened to the guy who messed up the whole system a few years ago pumping oil(?) into the system?? Cost the tax payers a lot of money to clean up. No one is held responsible for anything , you know the right person you do not pay for your stupidity or negligence.
  • E. Leonard (19/05/2019, 04:30) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The need for routine raw sewage hauling may indicate the need for a more extensive, modern, centralized.......etc sewage management programme. Specifically, sewage treatment needs more focus. Developing, constructing and managing an enhanced sewage programme/infrastructure must be a national priority. The sea is a major draw for both land-based and water tourism. As such, coastal waters need to be protected and maintained a safe, high quality level for the use and enjoyment, ie, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, boating.......etc for both residents and visitors.

    Dumping raw sewage(pathogenic, hazardous, toxic), into coastal waters pollutes the water, contaminate marine food sources (fish, whelks, lobsters, conchs), pose a serious health risk to people, harm the marine ecosystem.......etc. The BVI is a top yachting centre. Consequently, as a minimum, yachts should be required to have holding tanks on board. Discharging untreated sewage should not be permitted in coastal areas/water. Thus, there is a need for strategic and conventionally placed pumpout facilties ashore, as well as sewage treatment facilities. It (BVI) should demand (consistent with international standard) that ocean dumping occur outside the 12 mile limit. Cannot kill the golden goose that lays the golden egg.
    • Quiet Rebel (19/05/2019, 11:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The BVI will take the pollution and contamination of our pristine waters seriously when the tourists go elsewhere due to the poor health and quality of the sea. To late, to late shall be the cry. Why can’t the BVI be proactive, not having to react to most issues. Reaction is costly not only in money but also in time, convenience, lost of use .......etc.
  • rattie (19/05/2019, 11:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bvi is what it is for who you for
  • wize up (19/05/2019, 11:39) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    @ E Leonard: only caribbean people have to tow the line in this place: some of those pleasure boat companies have been pumping sewage in our sea waters for so many years and no one says very much on that subject; the local truckers of sewage are however subjected to all the regulations and Penalties of our territory somehow our political leadership is very hesitant to address certain matters because those sailing companies continue to major violators
  • ??? (19/05/2019, 21:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is this plant located in the middle of Roadtown anyway???


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