Eighty nine years have passed since the putting down of a sewer system in the town of St. George’s, the clay pipes used to facilitate the waste have outlived their time, the population has increased and the number of buildings for domestic and commercial uses have trebled since many more people have to use those facilities.
For years, very often men were seen manually cleaning out the lines and sometime later on a machine was used to rod out the lines even though there were pumps at the Carenage and on Bruce Street.
Not too many years ago the pumps were upgraded, but by-and-large not the lines except for a new large line from the Sendall tunnel along the entire Melville Street to the old Green Bridge where the line went out to the sea.
The fact that the lines are antiquated, no doubt broken several places, too small, residents in the lower areas suffer, which is more evident whenever a little rain falls. Why?
Over the last two months the situation has again escalated as was and is still evident especially in the area of Brathwaite shop and the surroundings causing among other things a health hazard.
Recently the nation was informed that come January 2020 the rate of water will be increased in order to fund the building of NAWASA HOUSE and to improve the water system.
However, if my memory serves me right I did not hear any proposals to improve the urgent needed improvement of the sewer system in the city.
There has been ongoing expansion of the sewer system in the outskirts at great cost, nothing wrong with that, even though incoming revenue from that project will not be realised immediately.
But we in the city who have paid for more than what we have received and will have to pay more even though we are not getting the services that we deserve. Let no one fool you, the increase in the water rate affects the sewer rate.
What we need in the city is much, much bigger lines which should be able to accommodate grey water also, alleviating much of the grey water which runs into the drains and which contribute to the flooding in the city.