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Curacao has huge water pollution problem, says minister
Published on September 3, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The pollution problem with regard to the Curacao waters is enormous. This is according to health, environment and nature minister Bernard ‘Ben’ Whiteman during the continuation of a Central Committee of Parliament.

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Health, Environment and Nature Minister Bernard ‘Ben’ Whiteman
According to Whiteman, it is currently still safe to eat fish from local waters, but if the contamination problem is not addressed, it will not be so in the long term.

Whiteman presented a troubling situation with regard to the pollution of the waters around Curacao and also the groundwater. He was referring to sewer and cesspool water that goes directly to the sea.

The government is also guilty, the minister said, who pointed out that the discharge of the sewer system from Brievengat directly flows to the sea. As a result, harmful substances and bacteria end up in the sea. The latter creates more algae, affecting the corals around the island.

The meeting was requested by the minister’s own party, the Pueblo Soberano (PS).

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle
 
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