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Falstaff

I thought the mayor had said that the problem of effluent discharging into the ocean had been sorted out, so I was very disappointed throughout last week to see its return just off Los Gigantes and Puerto Santiago (and in all probability Playa Arena too but I didn?t venture that far).

It?s obviously unsafe to enter the water when this stuff is floating around but it is also
unwise to lie on the beach too. There were one or two days when the water was quite choppy and a fine spray was thrown up which  drifted in-land carrying God knows what with it.

So what is being done to prevent this from happening again on the beaches of Santiago del Teide?

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Offline Dolly Diver

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Don't panic.  Throughout the summer brown seaweed can be seen growing on the rocks in shallow water.  When we get a swell like we have had a couple of times these past three weeks the weed gets mulched up and gives off a slimy, soapy solution which you can see floating on the water.  As soon as the sea calms down again it quickly disperses.  It doesn't look very nice but it is quite safe for swimming, diving and any other water sports.
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Offline losgiganteskid

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I was delighted when the message board  had a new topic under the heading "Local Politics" as since April the heading on the menu under this topic was "Dog muck everywhere " - not the sort of thing you want visitors to the website to see each time they visit.

My delight soon became dismay when the new topic related (incorrectly as we are led to believe) to "stuff" floating in the sea !! 

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Falstaff
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I thought the mayor had said that the problem of effluent discharging into the ocean had been sorted out

Then we had the post that it was natural vegetation

and I replied:

The Mayor's certainly put a good spin on this matter...

...now someone has posted that there are both.   

Matter was also meant to have double meaning - Hope this doesn't seem too odd now.   
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Offline Dolly Diver

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What an odd thing to say. 
I have been diving in this area for 18 years now.  Do you think I would be happy diving if there really was a sewerage problem.  Have you not noticed that the sea is calm again now and the brown slick has dispersed.  If there was a problem the slick would still be there.

desperate dan

Just the normal effluent that comes out of falstaffs mouth , NOWS EVERYTHING NOT

geezer47

Re: regarding that brown stuff
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  • Two issues at stake in this thread. Number one is the facts. During spring & summer marine plants grow prolifically in the intertidal zone & a spell of swell, as we have recently seen, pounds these brown coloured plants between the shore's mortar & the sea's pestle. I agree that from a distance one can imagine it to be a sewage slick but closer inspection reveals its true nature & I have taken doubters by boat to verify this. The raw sewage is there but has an entirely different appearance.
    The second issue is the hypocrisy displayed by "green soap boxers".  No doubt ante meridian ablutions were performed in the privacy of a bathroom & then the state of the sea complained about in web forums, as the plague species of the planet we humans have collective responsibility. The Mayor probably does not read this forum, if you really want your protest to count it would carry more weight if you were to do your daily dump on the town hall steps.

    Offline losgiganteskid

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    Re: regarding that brown stuff
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  • The raw sewage is there but has an entirely different appearance.

    Phew!! - that's a relief then !! - perish the thought there wouldn't be any  ;) ;D :o
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    Falstaff

    This topic has been raised several times before over the years. 

    We were previously informed that effluent from the coastal resorts was not ?treated? as such but macerated (shredded) and discharged by pipeline far out unto the ocean. When  shredded it can be more readily diluted and it breaks down  more easily in sea water. But if the shredding does not work and given certain conditions (wind,  current, and tides) it could reappear  on the shoreline. This last happened about 18 months ago. The mayor said at the time that there were some technical problems which had been addressed. There was no mention of seaweed.

    I think the sensible approach should be that if something looks like effluent on the shoreline then it should be treated as though it is effluent until we are given an authoritative answer to the contrary based on analysis by environmental health. Rather that than assume that it?s harmless only to find out later that it wasn?t. 

    orange

    Falstaff - You make an excellent point.

    The problem with raw sewerage outfall,  was that many pipes were not built far enough out into the sea.

    It may follow that the sewerage shred is balanced against the outfall length.

    In the UK -  many changes have had to be made to comply with European
    Regulation - made not just for interference but to counter a proven public health risk.

    The biggest problem to the sewer pumping operation is disposing of Dental Floss down the toilet.
    Pumps can become intangled in the stuff and cease to be so efficient.
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    Offline Mr Max

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    For our peace of mind, and so that we have an idea of where to look for what, perhaps the diving fraternity could advise us of exactly where the outlets are so we can monitor things for ourselves. 

    Given the daily smell and the now growing lake of nasty looking "stuff" between the Plaza and Spanish corner, I for one find it impossible to believe that things are working as they should be!