Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Environmental Health
Release Date:
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 11:14am

British Virgin Islands’ residents and homeowners are being reminded that the improper drainage of wastewater on to public streets, roadways and ghuts constitutes a violation of the Public Health Act.

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Lionel Michael said the Division has received numerous complaints and through monitoring and inspections in the areas of Belle Vue, Fat Hogs Bay, Hodge’s Creek and East End, the department has concluded that the source of the wastewater discharge is primarily from privately owned septic tanks.

Mr. Michael stated that it was observed that on numerous occasions, septic tanks are poorly managed, resulting in intentional and/or unintentional discharge of wastewater into the government streets, roadways and ghuts.

“The discharge of wastewater throughout our communities exposes residents to numerous health risks.  It also undermines the integrity of our roads by creating gullies and potholes, which directly impede the flow of traffic and can even result in automobile accidents,” he added.

Wastewater is described as sewage, laundry water and water from the shower or kitchen. Residents who need assistance in wastewater management can telephone the Environmental Health Division at 468-5110.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development aspires to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates human development and quality of life in the British Virgin Islands.


Adrianna J. Soverall

Ministry of Health and Social Development
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Telephone: 1(284)468-2272 or 2174