Water Quality Sampling in Tulum’s Beaches and Cenotes
The Tulum Sanitary Risk Protection Department has announced its plans to conduct water quality sampling in beaches and cenotes during the month of June as part of the national program implemented by the department. Emigdio Morales, who is in charge of this institution in the ninth municipality, provided this information.
Typically, the Federal Commission for Sanitary Risk Protection (Cofepris) takes the lead in coordinating this initiative with the state health authorities and the National Network of Public Health Laboratories. However, in this case, the Tulum Sanitary Risk Protection Department will be spearheading the effort.
“It’s a pre-vacation program, and it’s important to note that we collect samples from the sea, cenotes, and lagoons at depths that do not pose any risk to national and international tourists,” emphasized Morales.
The department is currently awaiting the finalized schedule from Cofepris, which will determine the specific days and the number of inspections that will be conducted for each body of water. Additionally, the program will specify the types of bacteria to be monitored in both saltwater and freshwater sources. If necessary, appropriate actions, such as activity suspension or recommendations for recreational areas, will be taken.
In a proactive approach, the department will also include the sampling of water from the services provided by the Water and Sewage Commission (CAPA) and hotel pools. The objective is to assess whether these facilities present any potential health risks to visitors.
It is worth noting that during the previous monitoring conducted in June 2022 by the Quintana Roo Sanitary Risk Protection Department, concerning results were found. Out of the 18 freshwater bodies examined in the municipalities of Tulum, Solidaridad, Othón P. Blanco, and Bacalar, 10 were found to have exceeded the acceptable levels of Escherichia coli bacteria. This bacterium is known to cause severe diarrhea and other related illnesses.
The specific cenotes that exhibited high levels of Escherichia coli bacteria, as indicated by the quality studies, were Calavera cenote (located on the Cobá road), Casa Cenote (along the Tulum-Playa del Carmen road), and Cristal cenote (towards Felipe Carrillo Puerto).
Following the discovery of these results, the authorities promptly shared the information during the annual Basin Committee meeting. This meeting serves as a platform to discuss the region’s water resources and the necessary actions to safeguard public health and the environment.
Ensuring the water quality in Tulum is of paramount importance for both residents and tourists. The municipality heavily relies on its pristine beaches, captivating cenotes, and picturesque lagoons, all of which attract visitors from around the world. By conducting regular water quality sampling and taking appropriate measures based on the findings, the Tulum Sanitary Risk Protection Department aims to uphold the highest standards of safety and maintain the region’s reputation as a top tourist destination.