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UPDATE: W&SD disputes claims of raw sewage at Village Cay!

The Department of Water and Sewerage has disputed claims that raw sewage was seen floating near the Village Cay restaurant. Photo: VINO
Some of the raw sewage seen floating near the shore. Photo: VINO
Some of the raw sewage seen floating near the shore. Photo: VINO
Boats docked in the area where the sewage was discovered. Photo: VINO
Boats docked in the area where the sewage was discovered. Photo: VINO
The Village Cay restaurant is located near the vicinity of the exposed raw sewage. Photo: VINO
The Village Cay restaurant is located near the vicinity of the exposed raw sewage. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Water and Sewerage Department has disputed claims that raw sewage was found floating near the Village Cay ‘C’ dock on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Speaking with Virgin Islands News Online today, July 7, 2013 Charge Hand at the Department, Mr Dion Clarke said, “It’s not sewage that’s at Village Cay, we assessed that problem already. It’s grease.”

According to Clarke, the make up of sewage is ninety-percent liquid, therefore anything seen floating at the Village Cay dock would have meant someone had “just put it there actually into the water in order for it to be there; otherwise the sewage would dissolve.”

He further explained that grease has a hard appearance and may appear to be sewage.

Another source within the Department who wished to remain un-named referred this news site to the Acting Director of Water and Sewerage once more while stating that a site visit by the Department disproved claims that raw sewage was seen floating in the area.

Repeated efforts to contact the Acting Director of the Water and Sewerage Department, Mrs Perline Scatliffe-Leonard, proved unsuccessful up to post time.

See previous story posted July 3, 2013:

Outrage over raw sewage at Village Cay dock

- issue said to be a regular occurrence

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several observers expressed outrage and disgust as raw sewage was discovered floating near the Village Cay ‘C’ dock just after noon today, July 3, 2013. 

Observers complained bitterly of the stench and unsanitary state of the location, especially given the fact that a popular restaurant was located nearby.

This news site was alerted to the discovery by several concerned citizens who stated that children frequented the area to fish and it was also a popular location where tourists came to dock their boats.

One observer said it was the first time he had seen the sewage but he was told by another person that it was a regular occurrence. The observer said, “They have children down here fishing every day, and after school is finished they come down here in their school clothes and they are fishing… when they throw their line in the water, they got to pull it up with their hands.”

One of the men at the location said he contacted the media out of frustration since, according to him, claims had been repeatedly made that the sewerage problem in Road Town had been fixed but this was clearly not the case.

It is remains unclear, however, whether the sewage originated ashore or from yachts docked nearby.

Several calls by this news site to the Water and Sewerage Department for comment on the issue went unanswered as we were advised that lines were down at the moment. Director of the Department, Perline Scatliffe-Leonard also could not be reached by phone.

Attempts to reach Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool also proved unsuccessful.

35 Responses to “UPDATE: W&SD disputes claims of raw sewage at Village Cay!”

  • tom (03/07/2013, 16:15) Like (5) Dislike (24) Reply
    if they cannot fush they must be voted out!!!!
  • Fin (03/07/2013, 16:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh My, my, my! This is terrible!!
  • up town (03/07/2013, 16:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Although I am a supporter of the MArk overall I must question his claim that the swrage matter in Road Town has been put to bed!!!
  • alex (03/07/2013, 17:55) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sewage Cay Marina !
    • small head (03/07/2013, 20:35) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
      It took some time to realise the truth before action will be taken on this old age sewage problem not only in Road Town but all over the BVI. In politics, the song changes regularly. It is not JAW-dropping nor surprising to see raw sewage in town. Move on.
    • Yep (03/07/2013, 20:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You all know who owns Village Cay right?
  • Guest (03/07/2013, 20:25) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Por this governmnt they have failed the people...I know of another SONG they might soon be singing:

    Rock of Ages, CLEFT FOR ME,
    LET ME HIDE my MISTEPS in Thee;
    Let the water and the blood,
    From Thy wounded side which flowed,
    Save from THE WRATH (of the people) and make me pure
    • TT minister (03/07/2013, 23:56) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      The people needs to be educated and tell the NDP gang to hit the road just like what they did in Tobago and Grenada as we were promised yet again that sewerage will be fixed
  • pat (03/07/2013, 20:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have mercy lord poor bvi yes.
    • the real pat (03/07/2013, 22:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      so instead of pushing the new development around the cruise ship dock, fix first things first. You can't build a house on a shaky foundation. (that means figure out how to fix these problems first) Chances are, new development may even contribute to this situation, given the original it is an on-going problem.
    • goerge w. touch (03/07/2013, 23:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Water more than flour!!!! The dirty linens are coming out!!!!
  • ReX FeRal (03/07/2013, 21:28) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply

    I blame Dr.Smith and his political gang for this. he should not have allowed the district rep to turn the sewerage into the gut by supa value. The sewwerage in road town is far fom fixed. everyday that geological mess runs in the gut. pliticians lie,lie,lie. At any rate, the beloved youths and the coveted tourist are reading and seeing this. Thes politicians forget they only get elected one time at a time. beware the polls turn the tide ur collective b*tts.

    • virgin gorda (03/07/2013, 23:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      The VIP is the ONLY stable party with a solid foundation. How many times have the NDP evolved....they can't even work together to fix sewerage
      • anegada (04/07/2013, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        VIP Stable?! Stop smoking crack pleaz!! Neither of these political parties stable, shaky at best.
  • who know (03/07/2013, 21:57) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I live in hannah's and every time they pump sewage from in town I can see it floating coming down some even float in by the desalination plant in sea cow bay. That's why the reef dead by nanny cay. You have to see it to belive it. And to know that this happening for years and nothing change. All I will say is that the street water you getting started with s#*@.
  • ABC (03/07/2013, 23:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yuh could beat allyuh Road Town people on allyuh head with ah brick an allyuh wuddin learn
  • OhKala (03/07/2013, 23:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh boy, you all getting what you voted for. NDP told you all that when they got the government they will get rid of Biwater, and you voted them in. Now eat the **it and be quiet. Biwater was supposed to give for free the government a new pump station at the round- a- bout, and a new sewage treatment plant at burt point free. Mark said he dont want it. So folks now eat the **it and shut up.
  • ooooo (03/07/2013, 23:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    action man diverted the filth straight to the ghut and then turned around and said that the problem was solved
  • shisa@ (04/07/2013, 01:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    You must realise that Roadtown has easterly winds that blow into the bay.Also all the boats at the dock blow out their $h1t into the water.Add to this all the ghuts and sewage of roadtown ends up here.Village Cay is a nightmare of collectables in the water,top notch stink marina.The ghuts stink,the outfall at just below Prospect Reef is an environmental eyesore of pure sewage flowing down the coast to Nanny Cay. There are no grey water sewage plants here like in most civilised countries. I know this. I have sailed through it, $h1t makes the water calm ya know...Some thing serious needs to be done.$h1t everywhere ina so called civilised place.Cheese on rancid bread folks,this is a calamity,of the most profanity,SHI@.Will we do anything ? I guess they trying,tough though,shi@ taking over bro..lets clean up our act before airport expansion,lets get ferries working,sewage going,education top notch,electricity sustainable,green house green,roads nice and clean,people proud yes then we ready,I say 15 years,thats 3 elections,,,,wowow,whose and out the profit makers go and let the country then marijauna tis cash crop in rest of world and all we got is magic mushrooms..hehe

    • bvi (05/07/2013, 06:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Shisa, People like you make me sick like sh** instead of saying straight up who is responsible for the sh** choking people off, you dancing up and down. Typical NDP cow bird. You made a mistake admit it. You voted for them S*B's amd they screwed you. Say it. Because of people like you this place stinks to high heavens.

      NDP government wont let Biwater complete their project because they want to be making their 1.4 million dollars a year on the Baughers bay water Plant with Ocean Conversion operating it. And they wont allow Biwater to put in the sewage plant for Road Town that is why the sewage is still coming into Nanny Cay. And people like you here fraid to speak truth. You typical NDP Cow Bird.
  • cough and sneez (05/07/2013, 08:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP and VIP are two pimple on the same @$$,there's no difference ,and who say other wise is lie or cant think beyond the surface of things.
    • Shara Parlin (07/07/2013, 23:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dr. Smith and the NDP days are numbered...the PPA is dead..the VIP will be very happy when general elections come
  • No free lunch (07/07/2013, 15:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    You mean the NDP teaching civil servants to tell lies???
  • Yawnn (07/07/2013, 17:41) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Sitting at Nexus and Village CAY Restaurant to eat is torture. The stench from the sewerage want to make you vomit. I have not been to either of those restaurants in more than three months because of the smell. It is a disgrace that anyone is saying that the sewerage problem in Road Town has been fixed. Boy both VIP and NDP are taking the BVI community for fools. Lord please deliver us from these two evils. The amount of money wasted by these two governments could have built a sewerage system to accommodate the residents of the BVI 10 times over, but their greed, and dishonesty won't allow them to do what is right. They are too far gone now there is no turning back. So fellow BVISLANDERS, don't look to this government to do anything to improve our territory for the benefit of all, they are only interested in a few.
  • BuzzBvi (08/07/2013, 10:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sewage in the water every day at Village Cay. Guess the new pump station just getting it there faster and more efficiently.
  • jop (12/07/2013, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is just Grease?? Does that make it any better PWD????

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