Mexico, Jul. 12 (Notimex).- The laboratory analysis conducted on the occasion of the summer vacation period in seawater of 263 beaches in 17 coastal states resulted in their being suitable for recreational use, reported the Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris, for its acronym in Spanish).
The agency explained that the laboratory analysis was carried out in the main tourist destinations of the country, which in this season receive the largest number of visitors.
In coordination with authorities of the Federal Sanitary System (SFS, for its acronym in Spanish) and the National Network of Public Health Laboratories, seawater samples were taken during the weeks prior to the vacation period to obtain the average and generate a statistical value that allows us to indicate whether a beach represents a health risk or not.
It explained that more than 1,700 samples of water were analyzed from the national coasts of greatest public affluence of the main tourist destinations of the country, whose result meets the quality criteria established as protection ranges for the user population.
According to the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), the level that the ministries of Health and Environment and Natural Resources use to establish that a beach implies a sanitary risk, is 200 Enterococci in 100 milliliters of water.
This action is part of the Playas Limpias Program that allowed the monitoring of Enterococcus faecalis bacteria to assess the sanitary conditions of sea water, since it is very resistant to adverse conditions and due to its characteristics can develop in an environment with 6.5 percent chloride sodium, pH of 9.6 and between 10 and 45 degrees Celsius.
The water quality in the tourist centers is a fundamental factor to guarantee the protection of the health of the users, for which the sanitary authority carries out these tests since 2003 with a preventive approach.
In addition, clean beaches represent a determining factor for the development of tourism, which is an important driver of the national economy.
With these actions, some Mexican beaches have achieved, in parallel, the distinctive Blue Flag, recognized as sustainable destinations.
The Cofepris exhorted the population to collaborate to maintain the cleanliness of our beaches during the holiday season, since this work is a responsibility of all.
Any anomaly related to water quality can be reported directly in the Beach Committees established in the different tourist destinations of the country, as well as on the Internet pages of Cofepris and Semarnat.
The Federal Commission makes available, temporarily, the toll-free number 01800 3355000, which operates 24 hours a day, and the electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed information on the levels reported by each beach can be consulted on the digital platform at the following address: http://www.gob.mx/cofepris/acciones-y-programas/playas-limpias-proyecto-agua-de-contacto.