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Jun 2, 2016

Mayor Bradley says Sewage Situation Alarming

In April, News Five brought you the shocking story of raw sewage being pumped into the Haulover Creek on North Front Street. We say shocking because it was, to us at least, but apparently this is something which has been happening for a long time. We tried to get BWS for comment but anybody who could have commented suddenly became unavailable. From what we were able to determine, the problem is a city sewer system which needs a comprehensive upgrade. At this point in time that is prohibitively expensive. So in the meantime the city dumps some of its raw sewage, and we mean raw, in the Haulover Creek where children actually go to fish. Since BWS isn’t talking, News five brought it up with Mayor Darrell Bradley on Wednesday. He referred to the situation as alarming and explained that the issue of sewage and connection to the sewage system has not been given enough attention.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“Many parts of Belize City are not connected to the system itself. People don’t even know that. As you indicated you have pipes which just put the waste just out there. This is one of the things in the press conference that I had mentioned that when we were looking at the flood mitigation project there were seven units including Holy Redeemer School itself that was not connected to the sewage system…so a school like Holy Redeemer it just flowed out into the river freely. So when the inspection was done, and looking at that it was very unsightly and unhealthy, and one of the things that the project was able to do is that the project was able to pay for at least those seven units to be connected to the main sewage system so at least that was alleviated. But there are many other areas in the city where that happens, and we need to look at that quite, quite seriously. It’s not a responsibility for the City Council because we don’t control the sewer lines and ensuring that people are connected to the sewer.”

 

News Five has gotten a report that very recently, following our story, BWS has been doing some work at the sewage dump site at North Front Street.

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1 Response for “Mayor Bradley says Sewage Situation Alarming”

  1. David P says:

    I went to Holy Redeemer school back in the 80′s when the latrines were built over the canal. I thought that had changed. It seems it hasn’t.

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