SLS ready to test water and sewagePOSTED: 05/31/12 12:46 PM
St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has urged the public to take responsibility for ensuring that their sewage does not end up flowing into other people’s yards or on public roads. The call was joined with his announcement that the St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) branch in Betty’s Estate is now ready to do water and sewage testing.
“I think we all have a personal responsibility to make sure we take care of our own sewage. If it needs to be pumped, you need to get it pumped. If everybody does their share then I think we would be in a better place and we would not have running water on the streets, we wouldn’t have to fear our children walking through it or getting sick from it,” de Weever said.
The minister also said that people should apply the rule of “treating your neighbor as you would like them to treat you” in order to make the country a better place. The minister also used his daily walks with his German Shepard as an example of how to take responsibility.
“I make sure to scoop her poop and I make sure to dispose of it properly. I didn’t sit there and say government has to clean the beach every day. I take care of my mess. I would hope that everyone else does the same. We are a one pillar economy – tourism – and we have to take care of it and provide the right services and I think if we do that we are on the right road,” de Weever said.