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Monday, September 20, 2010

Construction Begins on New Interim Waste Water Treatment Facility for Bonaire

Sunday, September 19th, 2010 was a landmark day for Bonaire’s reefs, as construction began on a new (interim) waste water treatment facility at Bonaire’s LVV location (Agriculture and Fisheries Service). 

It’s long been recognized that nutrification (the infiltration of nutrients and pathogens from waste water tanks close to the shoreline) is a problem for coral reefs, and Bonaire’s reefs are showing signs of these excess nutrients.  When this new treatment facility is completed, waste water from developed areas along the coastline will be trucked to the facility for processing, after which the water can be recycled for agricultural purposes.

It should be understood that this facility is an interim stop-gap measure, so that nutrification of Bonaire’s reefs comes to a halt as quickly as possible.  It is hoped that with the coming unity with Holland on October 10, 2010, that plans will eventually come about for a waste water treatment for the entire island. (Source:  Island Government)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 20, 2010 at 10:55am AST


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