Water-based recreation is an important component of leisure activities and tourism in Trinidad and Tobago. Since 1981, bacteriological water quality surveys conducted by the IMA have indicated that there is sewage contamination at some of the beaches in Trinidad and Tobago. Several international studies have found that there is an increased risk of contracting gastrointestinal illness, acute febrile respiratory illness and infections of the eye, ear, nose and throat from swimming in sewage contaminated water. The existence of poor water quality at beaches and rivers would therefore impact negatively on public health and tourism. During the period October 2016 to September 2017, there were reconnaissance trips for bacteriological water quality surveys at Columbus Bay and Granville Beach. Bacteriological water quality surveys commenced at Balandra Bay and at Columbus Bay. A research report was prepared on the findings of bacteriological water quality surveys conducted at Bonasse Beach and at Fullerton Beach.
April 14, 2018