GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, strongly advises against any swimming in Great Bay on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning up until midday.
This advisory is in relation to water that is being released into Great Bay from the Fresh Water pond. The channel on Great Bay beach at the mouth of the Fresh Water pond was opened in order to lower the water levels due to the heavy rainfall the country experienced on Monday morning.
This water can be contaminated, from amongst others, rainwater runoff into the aforementioned.
CPS advisory is a precautionary measure to prevent swimmers from coming into contact with any contaminated water that could pose a health risk if ingested or by skin contact, thereby making the person vulnerable to recreational water illnesses.
The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) commenced early Monday morning with the opening of the channel on Great Bay beach allowing the excessive rain water to go into bay.