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Sewage pollutes iconic Dominican beach

Santo Domingo.- A National Marine Affairs Authority (Anamar) study confirmed the high level of pollution at Boca Chica beach, which suggests sewage discharges.

The analysis conducted last year concluded that there’s a high contamination from organic waste, according to Anamar technicians.

Its report for 2015 highlights the project “Proposal for a comprehensive solution to improve conditions in Boca Chica Beach-Andrés.”

In nine of the 12 points where samples were tested, Anamar found that the oxidation potential (ORP), a unit to measure water cleanliness and its ability to decompose pollutants, was less than 100, when the unit ranges from +2.000 to -2.000.

The ORP levels found were higher than 110, 120 and 143.

“The more pollutants the water, the lower the ORP, since organic pollutants are consuming oxygen and consequently lowering the levels of ORP in the water,” the entity said, as quoted by outlet

Anamar explains that the unit is an indicator of bacteria activity in the water and that the lower it is, the higher the levels of coliforms.

It adds that it works to materialize a comprehensive solution to improve the beach’s conditions which would be ready this year.

Source: DT

March 12, 2016

Category: DR News |

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