The water’s almost fine

by Ron Mader


The first time I visited Acapulco — for a Tianguis Turistico — I remarked to friends, ‘But where does the sewage go?’ Sure the scenery is beautiful, but the megaresort had failed to keep up with the necessary infrastructure to keep the waters in its crescent-shaped bay clean. Here’s a tidbit — National Water Commission Director Jose Luis Luege Tamargo explained that Acapulco generates 2,010 liters of sewage per second and only 15 per cent, some 310 liters per second, currently receive treatment.

Now the good news. Last week Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a megaplan to clean up beaches on Acapulco Bay, one of the country’s main tourism attractions. Calderon said he would spend 440 million pesos over four years to improve sanitation services. The new investment will improve infrastructure and help to prevent flooding, particularly during hurricane season.

3 thoughts on “The water’s almost fine”

  1. Has anyone recognized the possible impact on the sewerage going into the ocean in that area to the recent shark attacks around Zihua? Sharks are real garbage-feeders & so would be attracted to “garbage” in the waters.

  2. Interesting idea, Cathy, but the attacks have been outside the bays, more in the surf line with a much greater natural cleansing action. My guess is that the recent attacks are more a condition of the over-fishing of the oceans, thereby disrupting the natural food chain. No blubbery seals to eat…the sharks will go after what is available. I’m guessing we’re going to see more of these.

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