Dutch Quarter gets massive upgrade using European fundsPOSTED: 06/25/12 3:18 PM
St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams signs the Single Programming Document for Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for the implementation of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) this afternoon. The main activities of the overall 10th EDF intervention on St. Maarten are centered around various improvements in Dutch Quarter. The work includes placement of public street lighting and related works, the construction of pedestrian pathways, the expansion of the sewer network, including home connections and connection to the existing main sewer line. A drinking water tank with a capacity 1000 cubic meters will also be constructed.
The 10th EDF, through the planning procedure conducted by government, will also seek to reduce flooding leading to pollution downhill from poor infrastructure-equipped upper areas towards the densely populated areas. The proposed intervention has direct impact on poverty reduction and is line with a comprehensive strategic action of the government summarized in the Sewage Master Plan 2006-2016. Based on the conducted research, sewerage is considered one of the major issues on the island.
The ultimate objective of the 10th EDF is to improve the living conditions of low-income residents and reduce poverty. Furthermore, this project is aimed at eliminating pollution in the form of nutrients and pathogens to the surface water bodies and coastal areas to keep them pristine for use by both tourists and residents alike.
The result of the project will directly benefit the deprived areas of Dutch Quarter through better collection and treatment of storm and wastewater and as such will have a very positive impact on the health situation in the neighborhood. Lack of sufficient sewage infrastructure has become a critical issue and has led to deterioration in the quality of surface and coastal waters for recreational purposes. It has also adversely affected the quality of life for the residents on the island. The improvement of the socially deprived districts with special attention to sanitation, drainage and wastewater treatment are of high priority within the governing program.