A few days ago, an Instagrammer was looking out of his balcony in Acapulco to see gallons of, what was believed to be blackwater, being dumped into the sea of Icacos beach in Acapulco, Mexico.
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Esto ocurrió el día de hoy, descargaron aguas negras en la bahía de Acapulco, al parecer la Secretaria del Medio Ambiente y Recuesos Naturales ya emitió un comunicado al respecto, pero este tipo de actos son los que deben ser compartidos para que se encuentren a los reponsables. Fuente: Acapulco desde mi Balcón.
The user then took a video and shared it onto the social media platform captioning, ‘This happened today, they unloaded black waters in Acapulco Bay, apparently, the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources already issued a statement about it, but these kinds of acts are the ones that must be shared so that they find the responsible.’
Blackwater or wastewater is sewage and residents of the port complained about the smell and were upset that the beach was no longer clean, despite having the ‘Blue Flag’ certificate of the European Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for meeting cleanliness, quality, and safety standards. The discharge also left a stain in the bay.
The outrage has caused The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources to launch an investigation. The relevant authorities did take samples of the water and concluded that the substance was not sewage water but was rainwater that went down the slope but was trapped in a sand dam, which was then released into the sea.
The Government of Acapulco and the Municipality of Acapulco’s Drinking Water and Sewage Commission released a statement concluding this, and there is no evidence of sewage being dumped. The reason why the water looked discoloured was due to debris, like sediments, that was accumulated within the rainwater.