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#477486 - 11/15/13 09:28 AM Stinky Situation at Escalante Subdivision
Marty Offline
Residents of Escalante Subdivision were complaining that there seemed to be a sewer leak in the area and with all the heavy rains over the weekend the streets flooded and seemed to be contaminated with fecal matter and the stench was unbearable to many in the area. This problem persisted into the week and residents made their complaints on the morning show and to media houses.

“Evidently there was/has been a sewage leak, starting in the Escalante Area and bubbling up onto the street adjacent to the Sugar Caye entrance for days. It may have been finally stopped yesterday. Unbelievably, I was not informed by anyone and learned through the rumor mill. This river of e-coli discharged into the lagoon within yards of the wells used to supply the Island’s drinking water. Fortunately, bacteria cannot survive our treatment process unless something goes wrong, and nothing went wrong,’” stated the Manager of Consolidated Waters Belize, Dee Dillon, in a letter sent to the media.

In a press release, Belize Water Services said: “Belize Water Services Ltd. (BWS) has been made aware of concerns from San Pedro regarding a sewer overflow. BWS was made aware of this situation on Sunday and dispatched a crew immediately to the affected location. Our investigations revealed that this was caused by the collapse of a man hole which caused blockage of the pipeline resulting in some seepage on the street in the Escalante Area. The blockage and overflow was immediately cleared and the area disinfected and the crew has diligently continued works to ensure the repair of the damaged sewer man hole.

San Pedro residents should note that this isolated problem poses no danger to the potable water supply to the citizenry of the Island. It is unfortunate that faults do occur from time to time; however, the sewerage system is designed with overflow bypasses to prevent or minimize such overflows.

BWS apologizes to those affected by this incident. BWS’ mission is to provide high quality water and wastewater service to customers. This includes ensuring a quick response in remedial works. BWS assures all our customers and consumers in San Pedro that we are prepared to respond in a timely and professional manner whenever the needs arise.”


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#477493 - 11/15/13 10:04 AM Re: Stinky Situation at Escalante Subdivision [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Residents express concern over broken BWS sewer pipe
Residents in the Escalante Area of San Pedro Town have expressed concerns over a broken sewer pipe managed by Belize Water Services Limited. Residents are complaining that since Sunday November 10th, the community sewer waste has been pouring out into the street, exposing them to excrement, bad smells and a definite health risk. Also joining the residents in expressing concern was Consolidated Water Belize Limited. “Evidently there was/has been a sewage leak, starting in the Escalante Area and bubbling up onto the street adjacent to the Sugar Caye entrance for days. It may have been finally stopped yesterday (Tuesday November 12th). Unbelievably, I was not informed by anyone and learned through the rumor mill. This river of e-coli discharged into the lagoon within yards of the wells used to supply the Island’s drinking water. Fortunately, bacteria cannot survive our treatment process unless something goes wrong, and nothing went wrong. Hundreds of people, (including school children), walked, bicycled and drove open golf carts through this river of e-coli unknowingly. This is unacceptable,” said a letter from Dee Dillon, General Manager of Consolidated Water Belize Limited.


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#477496 - 11/15/13 10:18 AM Re: Stinky Situation at Escalante Subdivision [Re: Marty]
Chris Offline
This is a good reason to not waste taxpayer money expanding sewer services north of the bridge except perhaps for a local processing area in the San Matteo area.

Those smelly sewer vents and pump station south of town are awful especially when the weather is hot.

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#477525 - 11/15/13 02:19 PM Re: Stinky Situation at Escalante Subdivision [Re: Marty]
SFJeff Offline
What Chris says!!! Seriously, if the SPTB and BWS have a hard enough time maintaining what they have IN town, why run it 5 miles north. You're gonna run sewer and water up here....??? Anyone even try to DRIVE up here recently? I hear it's ok if you're in a kayak... though there are a few pesky portages you'll have to traverse.

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#477548 - 11/15/13 05:27 PM Re: Stinky Situation at Escalante Subdivision [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
Would like some storm-sewer-drains around here about now. The water in the road just can't get to the sea ..... and there is a lot of water in the road in our area. Knee-deep in some places.

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#477604 - 11/16/13 12:09 PM Re: Stinky Situation at Escalante Subdivision [Re: Marty]
tacogirl Offline
The roads are pretty crazy north, went to Aji re-opening yesterday and it was not a smooth ride.
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