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Old 11-15-2012   #31 (permalink)
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I haven't noticed the smell as much in area south of GPR but there smell is really strong north of Mamitas - like Shangri-La & north. They are doing construction on CTM (46th) and had the road torn up a few weeks back and there was 'water' draining onto the street and it stunk! That was definitely the same smell we smelled on the beach. It used to be where you only smelled it once in a while up there. The past month or so that I've been here, the smell is constant when you're on the beach up there.

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Old 11-15-2012   #33 (permalink)
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My personal experience is that the sewage is noticeable on the beach near the Reef Hotel. The smell is unmistakably the same as the one around the sewage farm past Pakal on Paseo Xaman Ha in Fase 2.

I suspected that overflow or corroded pipes dump sewage into ground water and that finds it's way into the ocean. I also noticed that it's noticeable in zones and in certain wind conditions (no surprise).

I was snorkeling one day off the Fase 1 public beach and found a "well" of fresh water with sewage mixed in.

Having said all this - I personally don't really care since the 1,000 other fantastic aspects of living here totally cancel out the niggling little inconvenience.

I could also carry on ranting and raving about the now scientifically proven fact that the overly "hygienic" customs of the western society contribute to the malfunctioning immune system in an ever growing segment of the population (if you don't use it, you lose it), so what if we get a little "exercise" for our immune systems while swimming???
Interesting point. The "now scientifically proven fact that the overly "hygienic" customs of the western society contribute to the malfunctioning immune system in an ever growing segment of the population (if you don't use it, you lose it)..", is merely a scientific observation, however, rather than a factually credible recommendation to return to our disease-ridden past in hopes of boosting our resistance to disease - other than very rare so-called "fecal transplants" (yep, they exist, believe it or not, and appear to be beneficial under the right conditions), there is absolutely no benefit to deliberate (or unwitting, as appears to be the case at issue here) exposure to grossly "unhygienic conditions" in the misguided belief (or hope) of somehow fine-tuning the immune system.

Although it's true that people who survive such insults do have a more "robust" immune system, many (if not most) of the survivors are scarred, disabled, or otherwise rendered permanently "unhealthy" in numerous ways - while the others, of course, simply die (actually not so "simply", but the overall effect on the population is a "simple" increase in morbidity and mortality from, hopefully, an identifiable cause). That's what natural selection is all about - and why we have the esteemed "Darwin Awards" for those who cleverly take advantage of the goofiest "natural selecition opportunites" available (such as we appear to have here in our own backyard, if the reports of raw sewage at the beaches are correct). But you already know this, which is why your post is so interesting - so, "so what if we get a little "exercise" for our immune systems while swimming???" Probably not a good idea "at this time". Suerte.
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Old 11-15-2012   #34 (permalink)
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cleopatra lives in playa del carmen

there is a problem
they are trying to find the source
so far they have not been successful
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I am very heartened that people are actually talking about this. I have to say I never said there was any sewage in the water, that's ridiculous....that would shut down the entire town as a resort destination and would not smell as much as per say a raw sewage depot festering. In my heart and mind I know it's not sewage overflowing but what ever it is I would think the PDC Chamber of commerce would inform the tourists as to what it is so they don't form their own conclusions.
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I am very heartened that people are actually talking about this. I have to say I never said there was any sewage in the water, that's ridiculous....that would shut down the entire town as a resort destination and would not smell as much as per say a raw sewage depot festering. In my heart and mind I know it's not sewage overflowing but what ever it is I would think the PDC Chamber of commerce would inform the tourists as to what it is so they don't form their own conclusions.
....I never said there was any sewage in the water, that's ridiculous...


or maybe not
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seems hard for me to understand how for a entire week there could be a stench eminating from a source that would be only inches from a swimmers nose, there must have been no swimmers ,,, a very slow week in Playa for sure
He's not exaggerating. It really does smell. Even when you are in the sea, you can smell it. Yes, people are still swimming but there is definitely a very strong odor most of the time. Like I said earlier, I smelled it mostly up around 38th and north but haven't spent any time this past week near El Faro where Chris was to say whether it was stinky there too.
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Im no expert but my common sense tells me this: There is a reason you can not drink the water. It is very difficult to have a septic system with the water table being so high. Without a proper leach field, there is no way for the water to filter itself.

So now let's add one of the fastest growing cities in the world to the mix... Basically, playa is sitting on one big cesspool that overflows especially at time of high rain. My Pop always told me growing up that "Sh@t flows downhill" lol

One thing I've also learned is that people poop a lot in Mexico. Lol
I smelled it a lot when I was there mid October. I have also had issues in el faro (and many other places) with sewer gas. Many times filling up the trap does not work. Sometimes I winder if the drains even have traps and I rarely see venting in the roof. A wet washcloth over the drain usually does the trick.

I really don't see how any of this can be fixed without a major government project to hook everyone up to a public sewer that is large enough to handle the demand. I don't know if it will happen but eventually the problem will need to be dealt with.

I must say that the beach is just not as appetizing as it was in the past. Hopefully, the seaweed moves on and the sewage is addressed.

With all that said, playa is still
My favorite place I have ever been to. I am in key west right now for the first time and there is no comparison, playa wins hands down.
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Well,,, I'm gonna keep my head in the sand about that one.
You know I brush my teeth with that shit.
I live here and shower in it and brush my teeth with it and I'm OK. It smells like chlorine.
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I too brushed my teeth and showered with the water that came out of the tap not the water that ran down the toilet.
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we spent pretty much every day last week at El Pirata, and it seemed once you got to the Blue Parrot heading south, it was bad. People were talking about it as they walked by and I am sure it affected business in that area. Just being there far outweighed any bad smell though, for us, except for the one day I was feeling yucky anyway and just couldn't take it and we did leave the beach early. You know it had to be bad for me to leave the beach early.
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I have a colleague at Coco Bay resort this week

I hope she is not smelling poo-poo
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So now let's add one of the fastest growing cities in the world to the mix...
Yep. That's what I thought was the cause. We call it the Bano smell. It comes and it goes but hardly a vacation wrecker. When we used to go on cruises we called it the "cruisin" smell.
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We're headed there in Feb...... This just Stinks
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