Damaged sewage pipe repairs completed

After the sanitary alert issued on beaches in the El Salado estuary area in Puerto Vallarta on March 7, the municipal and state governments reported that the north-central collector has been repaired in Puerto Vallarta. A sanitary alert was issued for beaches in Puerto Vallarta and the El Salado estuary on March 7, four days after the sewage spill began in March 3.

The Secretariat of Integrated Water Management (Segia) and the Water, Drainage and Sewerage Services (Seapal) of the municipality of Vallarta do not rule out mitigation and remediation actions to the environment in El Salado.

This week, municipal authorities warned to avoid contact or submersion of seawater from the Estero El Salado Protected Natural Area and its adjoining beaches, which range from Marina Vallarta to the Pitillal river. So far the alert is maintained according to the Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks of Jalisco (Coprisjal).

The city first requested that the media not report on the sewage spill, followed by the tourism department stating there was no water contamination, and finally the city closing beaches near the spill after four days of denying there was an issue.

Previously, the Secretary of Health of the State of Jalisco, Fernando Petersen Aranguren suggested not using the beaches and called for tourists and residents not to consume raw seafood and fish, as it is a source of contamination.

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