A water testing kit was delivered to our town yesterday and samples of water were taken from the beach area in front of the Bambu Bar, the beach area in front of Dave Dagoliís house, the manholes in front of the Delegado Office and the crocodile viewing area as well as the lagoon itself, at the crocodile viewing area.
With relief we can state that there are no coliforms or E. Coli in our ocean water testing sites.
The water currently discharging from the manhole covers, however, present very high levels of both coliform and e.coli contamination. For those of you who would like the numbers they are as follows:
In front of delegado office: MPN (most probable number) of coliform and e. coli is greater than 2,424 per 100 mL
At the crocodile viewing area: MPN of coliform was 1696 and the e coli was greater than 2.424 per 100 mL
At the crocodile swimming pool the coliform count was high (in excess of 2,424 per 100 mL) however the e.coli MPN count was 619 per 100 mL.
It should be mentioned that the crocs and other cold blooded animals do not produce e. coli, however they can be carriers if they consume food contaminated by e.coli
The two pictures below show the results under the black light which indicates the presence of e.coli
The picture on the left shows the results for the beach area - please note there is nothing there except some murkiness.
The picture on the right shows the results of the manhole water outside the delegado office - you will notice that every cell fluoresces.
These results will hopefully provide a public awareness of where there is and where there is not a water related issue that would raise health concerns.
The testing kit will be handed over to the committee with the hopes that this will start a process which will solve both known problems and address concerns about activities in our community.
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