Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Bridgetown (January 10, 2018)

Great Seal of the United States

Location: South Coast of Barbados between Hastings and St. Lawrence Gap

Event: There is an overflow of raw sewage due to mechanical failure on the island’s south coast that is affecting the water quality at certain beaches between the Hastings and St. Lawrence gap areas.  Sewage has periodically bubbled up onto the streets, and there are reports that the overflow is reaching the beach areas.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid water activities in the affected areas (south coast between St. Lawrence gap and Hastings.).
  • Beware of sewage on the streets. If you come into contact with sewage, wash your hands, shoes, and any clothing that may have come into contact with the effluence.
  • If you become seriously ill, seek medical attention.