HEAT Newspaper Exposes Barbados Water Authority E. Coli Danger

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The May 12 – 18, 2006 issue of HEAT Newspaper features a major story by staff writer Nichole Murray – detailing how the St. Lucy, Barbados water reservoir is receiving quantities of livestock urine and feces.

Reservoir Doubles as Dump? on page 2 shows colour photographs of large amounts of cattle dung and garbage within steps of the St. Lucy water reservoir.

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The Barbados Water Authority seems to think that enough chlorine will make any feces cocktail safe to drink.

The HEAT article also contains an absolutely outrageous interview with Wayne Collymore-Taylor – the Acting Project Officer with the Barbados Water Authority. In the interview, Mr. Collymore-Taylor exhibits an unconcerned attitude of the type that has killed people in the past.

The danger with livestock feces and urine contamination of the water supply is a little bacterium called "e-coli"… and contrary to Mr. Collymore-Taylor's faith that enough chlorine will make any feces cocktail safe to drink, there have been many recent water supply disasters where e-coli has been shown to be a swift and deadly killer.

Where the h*ll did Collymore-Taylor receive his training?

Perhaps the Barbados Water Authority should do a little web research and switch from a "reassuring the public" mode to a "full blown emergency" mode.

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Here are few articles for consideration…

Walkerton: Government's Three Deadly Mistakes

In May of 2000, water contaminated with cattle feces killed five and sickened over 1000 persons in the town of Walkerton, Ontario Canada. Here is a quote from the article that might interest the Barbados Water Authority…

"Mayor David Thompson suggests that Walkerton's employees did not understand the deadly implications of E. coli contamination and believed they could quietly fix the problem by flushing and chlorinating. Allegations of ignorance ring true."

Questions and Answers About E. Coli In Drinking Water

E. coli comes from human and animal wastes. During rainfalls, snow melts, or other types of precipitation, E. coli may be washed into creeks, rivers, streams, lakes, or groundwater. When these waters are used as sources of drinking water and the water is not treated or inadequately treated, E. coli may end up in drinking water.

Second Death Tied to E. Coli From Upstate Fail – 600 Sickened

Health officials said they believe that a 79-year-old man who died at a hospital in Albany yesterday may have been the second victim of an outbreak of E. coli that has already sickened more than 600 people in upstate New York, in one of the most serious such epidemics to occur in the United States…

…Investigators said they believe the outbreak is tied to a contaminated well on the fairgrounds that provided water to many of the event's vendors. Officials say that heavy rains may have washed infected cow manure from a nearby pasture into the underground water supply.

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2 responses to “HEAT Newspaper Exposes Barbados Water Authority E. Coli Danger

  1. ross

    This is inevitable. It is only a matter of time. The chemicals are a real worry too.

  2. John

    I see the good people of Walkerton have as a mayor a fellow called David Thompson!!

    Boy, he certainly gets around!!

    All fun and jokes aside.

    This is a serious problem.

    It is one more sympton of the underlying problem of the inability of our strategic thinkers and we the public to grasp the implications of water to the sustainability of our country.

    Think what happens to say the Belle as a result of the heavy development at Warrens. What we call develipopment affects all our water supply wells in the same way.

    Construction is a major plank of our economy.

    If we find we have to rely on treatment to purify we still have the underground untreated water getting to the sea at our tourist beaches.

    Tourism is another major plank of our economy.

    We are in serious trouble.

    Maybe the coral filters the gook out but there must be a limit to what it can do?