Mogán City Hall has again chosen to remain silent this Friday regarding the closure of Playa de Mogán due to suspicions of sewage detected in the waters of one of Spain’s favorite tourist and fishing towns. island, choosing instead to talk about how much money they have spent on sports projects. It is already the 5th time in 4 months, reports the El Digital Sur Gran Canaria news portal, that the Playa de Mogán beach, one of the most important in Gran Canaria, in the municipality of Mogán, is closed to bathers .
The local police of the municipality of Mogán, whose economy is mainly based on tourism, closed the beach today, prohibiting access to the bay because new biological contamination has apparently been detected.
The local administration has reportedly still not found out what the real problem could be, causing the smelly problems in Mogán’s waters, as no specific leaks have been reported in the water system. sewers in the neighborhood, but it is nevertheless clear that something is going on. And it is clear that the town hall, still led by the administration of Onalia Bueno, not only fails to keep our beaches clean and safe, but has also failed in its obligations, under Spanish and European law, to ensure that the public is duly informed of any potential health risks.
It’s just not on. It’s not good for Mogán, and not good for the island.
An enclave like this cannot continue to maintain the hope of a successful tourist image, if it cannot even guarantee that the water is clean, let alone keep the beaches open. Businesses across the region are seeing the impact on their day-to-day commerce. Who now protects their interests?
Some residents have tried to argue that previous closures were false alarms and that there was no contamination from “faecal contamination indicators”, but that is simply not true. This same problem happened for the 5th time, and each time they had to close the beach to bathers, moreover, the indicators are, according to sources, apparently more important each time, it is no longer some sort of coincidence. This is something that has happened many times and seems to be getting worse and more frequent.
The Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs, through its online platform Náyade, a Spanish government health information system that collects data on bathing water quality, makes it very clear how often this has happened. On this occasion, the sample taken by the authorized health technicians is dated Wednesday, August 10, which indicates “possible microbiological contamination of the water, indicators of faecal contamination detected”.
Specifically, the indices found are Escherichia coli – 460 CFU/100 mL and Enterococcus – 550 CFU/100 mL. It should be noted that in the Enterococcus indices, the data collected is more than double that obtained during the last opportunity to close the range, which was 190 CFU/100mL.
This particular beach in the municipality of Mogán is experiencing a record summer, on May 25, June 30 and August 3, access to bathers has also been restricted for the same reason. On April 8, bathing from nearby Taurito Beach also had to be sealed off and prohibited, as samples taken periodically to monitor the health of the waters gave indicators of “faecal contamination”, i.e. 5 times in 4 months since these polluting and unhealthy discharges were detected.
The mayor again, La Alcaldesa Onalia Bueno, leader of the southern municipality of Mogán, vice-president of the Association of Tourist Municipalities of the Canary Islands (AMTC), and one of the first to demand that the autonomous government delay the implementation implementation of the Beach Safety Act, does not seem to set an example to manage a service that is the first and most important for foreign tourists who visit us.
What are they doing but keeping our beaches open and our visitors safe?