Promised injection wells soon to be operational, says minister of health
He said the overflow of effluent from manholes along the stretch between Graeme Hall and Hastings had been contained. He also pointed out that the surface influent has also being diverted.
Minister of Health, John Boyce, gave the assurance regarding injection wells soon to be operational for effluent control while addressing the official opening of the annual Flow Oistins Fish Festival.
He said that the Barbados Water Authority [BWA] is in the final stages of preparation to put four injection wells into operation at the plant. This should provide the opportunity for repairs to be carried out in the affected influent and effluent pipes, which are located underground along the stretch of road network mentioned earlier.
He told that the monitoring was continuous as a multi-sectoral committee was established from the first day. The objective of the committee is to keep an eye and weekly report of the wellbeing of Barbadians and the visitors and also to make them aware of the precautions to be taken.
Boyce also said that the Ministry has deployed 15 environmental officers that went into the homes, did training programmes. They told residents about best practices given the circumstances and intensified mosquitoes programme to help eliminate discomfort and health threats posed by these vectors.