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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Raw sewage/Aguas negras

No todo aqui es focas y fresas. Durante tres dias se han presentado importantes descargas de aguas residuales al mar por una linea de drenaje colapsada a la altura del punto PT10 (aproximadamente a latura de los arcos).

El resultado del analisis como se muestra, indica alto nivel de contaminacion con riesgos para la salud, por lo que las autoridades deberian cerrar las playas por lo menos tres dias posteriores a la ultima descarga. El nivel de enterococos el 09febrero2006 era 24,192 NMP/100-ml = peligro extremo.

Not everything here is sea lions and strawberries. For three days now large quantities of raw sewage have been flowing onto the beach and into the sea between our house and the border (approximately .5 km. south of the border) because of a collapsed sewer pipe.

Every two weeks Las Gaviotas does a water sample testing and the results for enterococcus yesterday were in the "extreme danger" area. The bacterial level is so high that the beach represents a public health danger and public use should be barred until the situation is remedied but at the start of the fourth day of the discharge nothing has been done. (This is the only accessible beach for all of Tijuana's more than 1.5 million residents and, of course a prime tourist area.)

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