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Tuesday September 29, 2009 - The Government of Saint Lucia through the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards is inviting comments from key sectors of the public on a Draft Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality Standards for Saint Lucia. The document, drafted by the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, CEHI, was presented to government as part of a project funded by the European Union.


The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards will be hosting a consultation today at the Kimatrai Hotel in Vieux-Fort.


Head of Information at the SLBS Virnette St. Omer Fontenelle, says the draft guidelines respond to the increasing threats to the island’s recreational waters, with a view to regulating the quality of water entering recreational waters.


“The document reflects an intense consultative process with a number of stakeholders, including relevant government agencies. The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, which is the national agency responsible for the establishment and adoption of standards, is finalizing the draft standard which will again go through a process of consultations with stakeholders, such as hoteliers, manufacturers, marinas and garages, for their review and comment.”


The development of a Recreational Water Quality Standard for Saint Lucia is a first step in the implementation of the Land Based Sources of Marine Pollution Protocol ratified by the Government of Saint Lucia in January, 2008.


The standard, once approved, can be used as an important tool to facilitate the maintenance of a high recreational water quality in Saint Lucia, so that the health of nationals and visitors is not compromised.

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