There’s nothing like an exposed septic tank on the beach to impress the tourists!

"It makes me want to come back to Barbados for my next vacation too!"

"It makes me want to come back to Barbados for my next vacation too!"

Has Environment Minister Denis Lowe seen the exposed septic tank?

If Barbados’ Minister of the Environment hasn’t seen this, we’d have to ask “Why not?”

If he has seen it, we’d have to ask “Why hasn’t he done anything about it?”

Our friends over at Mullins Bay Blog have the story: Owner hits the Internet to clear up Kings Beach saga

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24 responses to “There’s nothing like an exposed septic tank on the beach to impress the tourists!

  1. Facts

    Very good article BFP.

    Now, lets get to an even bigger one – dogs on the beach.

    I believe that dogs should be restricted to certain beaches at certain times. They should not be allowed to bath in the same area as humans.

    In addition, there is a vile and dirty habit where people bring their dogs to the beach without a bag.
    In fact, the dog does its thing and the owners go aimlessly along as though nothing has happened.

    For the health and safety of humans – this needs to be curtailed by law.

  2. bees to honey

    As a Doctor of Psychology Lowe would tell you that you are not using the right inducement for him to find the septic tank.

    Put a tablecloth over it and cutlery. Then ring a bell.

    Assuming he would read and understand a job description is asking far too much.

  3. The Oracle

    Keep in mind that all of this environmental destruction is going on only a stone’s throw away from Mullins and Gibbes beaches which the July issue of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine called “exceptions” to the west coast beaches which “are overrated—often overburdened, overbuilt, or eroded little coves with no room to walk and mostly rocky, hard-to-enter waters.” Allowing the groynes in Road View is a big mistake for which this country is already paying very dearly, and the worse is still to come. Of course, it could all be reversed and/or slowed simply by dismantling and carting away the boulders, but alas, there is neither the political will nor appetite for taking on the demons that be.

  4. Hi BFP:

    The structure appears to be a soakaway for stormwater storage and disposal, not a septic tank for sewage treatment.

    Regards,
    Grenville

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    BFP says

    Thanks, Grenville. That is sure good to know from an engineer like yourself that the structure is nothing to do with nasty old sewerage.

    Perhaps the important thing to remember then, is that Mullins Bay Blog also thought it was a septic tank, as did every other commenter before you.

    How many tourists would know the difference?

    Barbados is not a place, Grenville. It is first of all an idea. We sell the idea to the tourists.

    This thing on the beach should not be part of the ambiance that is Barbados, but increasingly things like this are.

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    Save Mullins Bay

  6. Hi BFP:

    Normally these drainage structures are underground. However, the sand appears to have eroded away revealing the unsightly structure.

    Given the importance of tourism to the national economy, the design standards for these facilities should be improved, so that they are located below the level of expected erosion, where possible.

    Regards,
    Grenville

  7. No argument with the experts here on whatever that “thing” is – our point was only to illustrate the extent of the erosion that has happened in the area since the groynes immediately next door to Kings Beach. That “thing” used to be underground and well up on the shore away from even the roughest waves. However, why would you want a soak-away for storm water when you are sitting next to the public storm water drain for the whole area? Kings Beach was partially built over a naturally occurring storm drain/mangrove area and the white wall you see behind the “thing” is in fact the canal into which the mangrove/storm drain was forced. Why would you need a “thing” if you are sitting next to that? There is more here but our focus is getting rid of the groynes – not what killed the shooters on the reef.

    On another note, have you heard about the sunbed bacchanal up the bay – http://shar.es/1q1di – ?

  8. David Ross

    Even if not a septic tank, it was likely giving off a stench and attracting insects. That is what stagnant pools do. I wouldn’t be surprised if passersby were tossing trash into it, either. Maybe even poop.

    Whatever it is, it needs to be covered up, kept clean, and if necessary signposted “no dumping”.

  9. @David Ross: “…and if necessary signposted “no dumping”

    Yeah… right.

    Post signs asking others not to do something you don’t like…

    That *always* works.

    Does it not?

  10. Margaret

    Why dont I see relevant issues like this on BU. All I see is racism, and comments by folk who cant stay on any topic.

  11. @Margaret: “All I see is racism, and comments by folk who cant stay on any topic.

    Wow. And I’ve been told that my glasses are bad….

  12. PiedPiper

    Christopher Halsall
    September 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    @Margaret: “All I see is racism, and comments by folk who cant stay on any topic.

    Wow. And I’ve been told that my glasses are bad….

    Nothing wrong with Margaret’s glasses or her eyes……..
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    BFP editor says,

    Balance of comment removed after complaint from Chris Halsall that it “can be interpreted as being threatening”

    We don’t see it that way and further we declare that PiedPiper and Halsall will cease fire immediately with each other or go somewhere else.

  13. David Ross noted: “Even if not a septic tank, it was likely giving off a stench and attracting insects. That is what stagnant pools do. I wouldn’t be surprised if passersby were tossing trash into it, either.”

    Please note that this type of drainage structure is normally closed at the top, and drained of water. During rainfall, storm-water is temporarily stored before it percolates through the surrounding soil.

    As Save Mulling Bay has noted, the objective of the photo was to the show the extent of erosion, which is apparent.

    Regards,
    Grenville

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    BFP says,

    You are correct Grenville and we wish you played a larger part in government standards for building etc.

    But respectfully, I think you are missing the point in this case.

    1/ It’s on the beach.
    2/Tourists think it’s a septic tank.
    3/ It should be repaired, removed or covered.

    We sell an idea of Barbados, and this thing on the beach doesn’t work with the idea that we sell.

  14. Yeh and they should pUT up Wind Farms But NOT in sT ucY ..Put them on tOp of Mount STINkaROo SO it could push the smell away from Sandy lane ..The richest area of barbados that generates the most foreign currency although the least of which stays in Barbados except for the Deep pockets of MR Smith and his Buddies in Government !! Most monies go back over seas to buy the stuff that the rich people want … What Crap .. Dem should do as de romans do when dey in BIM eat shark and flyiong fish ansd Pudding and Sousce and drink RUM and YEAHHH Some YAMS and ting so … Barbados wake UP!!!!!

  15. Wright B Astard

    Recently we have been taken back by the tons of garbage recoverd in gullies and on the coastline.
    Perhaps the Coastal Zone Management /Ministry of Health could throw some light on this situation,which I believe that the local press will not want to touch with a 10 foot pole.
    Yesterday I was at Heywoods Beach, that stretch directly in front of the Port St Charles complex. Myself and many others were unable to bathe on that beach. The operators if Port St Charles saw it fit yesterday to pump the black,dirty, filthy,stinking water from the exclusive Port St Charles lagoon onto the Heywoods beach. The outflow pipe was virtually on the sand,causing the area to take on a dark look. Dead leaves littered the beach head. I am sure that if any visiting vessel attempted to discharge such liquid on any of our beaches, the cry of damage to the coral reefs would quickly go forth. Why then are we allowing the Land Ship Port St Charles to discharge obnoxious fluids into our sea front?

  16. @Wright B Astard…

    Do you have any *proof* of your above claims?

    You know, like cell-phone camera photos and/or videos?

    Did you call the police?

    Or is this an “I said, they said” / “I saw it!” claim?

  17. @PiedPiper: “Do you know the words to that song “Hurts So Bad” Halsall?

    Formal notice PiedPiper…

    Your immediate above can be interpreted as being threatening….

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    BFP says

    We don’t see it that way Halsall, but if it YOU interpret it as threatening, we’ll take it down.

    Further… you two boys take your arguments with each other somewhere else. We’re tired of having to keep an eye on you both. Run along now.

  18. Actually, no BFP…

    Please put the by comment by PiedPiper back.

    I wish to push this….

  19. PiedPiper

    How on earth could anyone interpret the following lyrics by Linda Ronstadt as threatening?

    Hurts So Bad

    I know you
    Don’t know what I’m going through
    Standing here looking at you

    Well let me tell you that it hurts so bad
    It makes me feel so sad
    It makes me hurt so bad to see you again

    Like needles and pins
    People say “you’ve been making out okay
    He’s in love don’t stand in his way”

    Well let me tell you that it hurts so bad
    It makes me feel so sad
    It’s gonna hurt so bad if you walk away

    Why don’t you stay and let me make it up to you
    I’ll do anything you want me to
    You loved me before please love me again
    I can’t let you go back to her
    Please don’t go
    Please don’t go

    Please don’t go
    Please don’t go
    Hurt so bad
    Come back it hurts so bad
    Don’t make it hurt so bad
    I’m begging you please

    Oooooh oh oh oh
    Come back it hurts so bad
    Come back it hurts so bad
    I’m begging you please
    Oh! No!
    Noooooo!

    [ More Ronstadt Linda Lyrics ]

  20. Wright B Astard

    @ Christopher Halsall
    Unfortunately when I go to the beach I do not take along my camera, and I was so sorry yesterday. This is something that I saw first hand. Past experience tells me that its useless to call the police when certain entities in this country are involved.
    I am sure that the Coastal Zone management and the NCC,who has a Guard patrolling the area, are well aware of this practice.
    My feeling is at this time of the year, many of the owners of apartments at PStC are away ,and PStC take the opportunity to clean the lagoon and pollute their ‘private ‘beach.

  21. @Wright B Astard: “Unfortunately when I go to the beach I do not take along my camera, and I was so sorry yesterday.

    But, with respect, if this *actually* mattered to you, since you couldn’t (you claim) take your sea-bath, you would have gone home and come back with your camera in order to document something you feel is wrong.

    Democracy is, fundamentally, about the *individual* holding the *government* to account using every means at their disposal.

    You have just demonstrated (IMHO) why democracy doesn’t actually truly work here in Barbados.

  22. akabozik

    Chris, I’m pleased that you can see that democracy isn’t working in Barbados. We disagree on the reasons for this but not on the truth that Barbados does not enjoy real democracy.

  23. The Oracle

    Some BFP readers may not know that “the visionary” behind the sludge on Heywoods Beach and the destructive groynes in Road View/Mullins is one and the same. If Lotty had gone down there with a bucket of flying fish heads and thrown them in the sea, they would have had her thrown in Dodds already. Where are those who claim they are protecting our environment in times like these?

  24. J

    There is nothing like a blue eyed new-born baby stuffed into a closed plastic bag and hidden in the bushes on Fitt’s Village Beach to impress tourists.

    See front page of the Nation of Sunday 27th September, 2009
    http://www.nationnews.com