Beach water samples pose no health risk

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) says that central city beaches are free of contamination and pose no risk to human health.

This is the result after 15 samples of beach water were taken at various points across the municipality so far this year.

Ephraim Sansores Alonso, coordinator Against Health Risks Center area of Quintana Roo, reported that in conjunction with the Federation and the State, seawater is monitored with a monthly sampling that takes place the first Monday of every month.

He explained that in addition to the nine routine tests that took place prior to the summer vacation, there were an additional six tests taken. The additional tests were preventative samples due to the large amount of decaying Sargasso on the beaches.

Sansores Alonso says, “What is specifically sought when we look for pollution of sea water is stool. We did not determine other levels of pollution and so far, the results have come out favorable and the water safe. To date, the State Laboratory of Public Health has not reported any evidence of pollution.”

According to Cofepris, a beach may be considered ‘suitable’ when up to 200 units of enterococci per 100 miliilters of water is found. Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat measured the water at varying points between June 16 and June 25 and determined that per 100 mililiters:

  • Playa Chunzunbul measured 10 enterococci
  • The Porto Real Hotel Playa had 15 units
  • The public beach next to the Muelle Fiscal tested 13 enterococci
  • Playa Lancheros had 15 units
  • In Punta Esmeralda (divided into three phases), up to 12 units and, the Playa Paamul 14 enterococci per 100 milliliters.

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