Residents of the Ghetto/Crabbe Lot area in Road Town — who, up to recently, were literally living among their own faeces — are visibly happier now that their sewerage concerns have been addressed.
“Things are a lot better than before. You can breathe and everything is nice,” said a resident and business owner in the community who only wanted to be referred to as Berna.
“They cover up the sewerage tank,” Berna added while speaking to BVI News on Tuesday. “They did it very fast. Everybody happy now. In front here good, at the back good … it (raw sewerage) never run back again.”
Another resident said she was also happy that she could now flush her toilet and take baths at her own leisure.
“Everything alright now, they (authorities) came and they dealt with it,” she said.
Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Works Jeremy Hodge explained that sewerage workers not only unclogged the backed up waste but also covered and raised the height of an abandoned manhole in the area.
Days ago, that manhole that had several clumps of faeces floating atop a well of untreated sewerage water that was inches from overflowing.
“We then dumped some road-based material in and around the area so that the sewerage could be buried and soaked away properly,” said Hodge while referring to the untreated sewerage that was flowing through the streets of the community.
He explained that one of the manholes in the community was ‘too low’ for the location and because of this, debris and other sedimentation easily found its way inside the manhole and clogged it.
In the meantime, plans are also afoot to improve the public lavatory/washroom in the community.
Currently, the washroom is missing a door and the toilet is unable to flush on its own. Residents have to physically pour water into the bowl to flush after every use.
Hodge said the exact scope of works is not yet known but noted that discussions of repairing the facility were raised when Works Minister Mark Vanterpool visited the area to investigate following a BVI News article that highlighted the issue.
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