We live in the Sydenham Villas community adjoining Seville Meadows, Phase 1, and our lives are a living hell. As soon as there is a shower of rain, raw sewage with visible faeces and other matter pours out of a manhole on the adjoining Seville Meadows housing scheme property on to our roads and is threatening to come into our yards.
I called the St Catherine Parish Council and was told that it is aware of the problem but that the National Water Commission (NWC) has responsibility. I called NWC and was told that Seville Meadows overloaded its sewage-treatment system.
I called the St Catherine Health Department and was told that it would investigate. In the meantime, the problem has continued for more than a year. Some neighbours who have been living there longer claim that the problem has persisted for approximately two years.
Currently, the side of the road is covered with stagnant, stinking, green water. At some sections, the water has semi-dried, leaving green mud. We have to be walking in it to get into our homes. At the same time, the stench is stifling us in our homes.
We called one of the television stations and were told that its team already came to the area and covered the story four times, but further checks revealed that they did not come to Seville Meadows, Phase 1. They went to Seville Meadows, Phase 2, at a different location off Old Harbour Road adjoining Innswood Estate which is experiencing a similar problem. In the meantime, we are suffering.