The first important step here is to determine if there really is a problem. True, the sewer has had an overflow issue ever since it was built. And true that the lagoon reached higher than normal levels this year. And true that the discharged water had an awful stench.
What is not determined is whether or not all this poses a health risk. People's claims about 20 friends developing lung infections aside, there is no evidence of a health risk.
Nevertheless, the situation at least looks and smells like further investigation is in order. Not meaning to repeat what has been said already, but a cheap chemical test can put the matter to rest.
We foreigners have to be sensitive in dealing with our seemingly endless list of concerns, lest we divide the community into us know-it-alls versus the locals who don't really understand what the problem is.
I like the idea of quietly talking to the delegado, or the ejido, expressing the concerns of some tourists, seeing if they share those concerns, offering to be part of a solution.
I'm prepared to go myself if someone with spanish fluency cares to come with me.
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