Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter
Pedestrians, especially children, are getting the kind of dip they don't want to remember.
In downtown Kingston, where Johns Lane and East Queens Street intersect, a hole filled with smelly, murky liquid has forced several persons to get a 'bleach bath' after falling into it. With broom in hand, store owner Everton McLean, showed us the hole's depth. Judging by the watermark, give or take a few inches, the hole is about three feet deep at its lowest.
"On Saturday, a little boy fell in there," he said, others adding that another child toppled over as recently as Monday. "Is whole heap a people a drop in deh."
Fortunately, none of the pedestrians have been injured but a chemical store a few steps from the 'pool' has had to expend some of its bleach as the unwilling bathers tried to avoid any infections. Concerned citizens pointed to food establishments, shops and bars just metres away from the murky mess, saying it's an unwelcome distraction.
Faeces bubbled up
Jade Abrahams is the worse affected, as the entrance to his jewellery shop is right where the 'pool' is at its deepest. He said he has written to the National Water Commission (NWC) to no avail.
"The other day, faeces bubbled up to the top," he said, face contorted at the memory. "The scent was making me feel ill. If people keep seeing this, they're not going to want come inside and buy anything." He has resorted to throwing bleach powder and disinfectant into the water, trying to stem the stench.
"Sometimes when it gets too much, we sweep it away, but by the next day, it builds back up," he said. "And it is even worse when it rains."
But before any work can be done, the cause of the pool has to be determined. NWC's Corporate Public Relations Manager Charles Buchanan said he was unaware of the pool, but promised investigations to determine the cause of the build-up.