Friday, October 03, 2008

Jaco Beach not suitable for swimming

Maria Luisa Avila (Photo by La Nacion / FILE)(Inside Costa Rica) - Recent studies of water samples taken by the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) - the water and sewer utility - reveal that the waters of Jaco Beach are not suitable for swimming. The water samples taken show a density of fecal coliform of 675/1000 ml.

The health minister, Maria Luisa Avila Ag├╝ero, said yesterday that her health officials will be intensifying efforts in Jaco as well as other beaches with high levels of contamination, in order to further prevent and mitigate pollution from sewage.

Avila added that local health officials have taken on the task of strengthening their efforts, making more inspections of area businesses, and in conjunction with the AyA will be taking samples of wastewater from sewage treatment plants.

The Health Ministry is also giving priority to the problem and responding quickly to complaints of wastewater problems and will be issuing health orders against individual property owners, be it residential or commercial, as well a inspecting vehicles that carry septic tank waste and sewage.

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