Monitoring Loreto’s Seashore Water Quality
Working in partnership with the Coastkeeper Alliance, Eco-Alianza generates useful and indispensable information through Monitoring Loreto’s Seashore Water Quality within the Bay of Loreto National Park.; now in its 4th year, provides essential and timely information on the health of users of the beaches of Loreto.
“Drinking water gives us life, but awareness will give us water”
Monitoring Loreto’s Seashore Water Quality requires to be performed based on the guidelines of the Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), the sole authority with the power to determine the criteria for the classification of the beaches with primary human contact.
The Loreto Coastkeeper protocols for Monitoring Loreto’s Seashore Water Quality also require technicians to follow strict guidelines in every step. These strict protocols are broken into 3 very specific processes: Preparation, Sampling, and Processing.
— Washing and drying glassware
— Material sterilization
— Properly transport specimens
— Site analysis (record physical/chemical data at each site)
— Correct incubation
— Processing of the results
The threshold values of bacteriological contamination by enterococci adopted by the Department of Health is 200 most probable number (MPN) limit to define that a beach is suitable or not for use. Based on these values, each beach is classified as:
Classification of beaches with primary contact
|Suitable for recreational use|
|NOT suitable for recreational use|
After processing of water samples and determining positive or negative results for each beach, results are reported immediately to inform the authorities and the population of Loreto regarding the suitability of beaches for recreational use. During the summer you can find the information weekly and during the winter two times per month on www.theswimguide.org page and the Facebook page of Eco-Alianza of Loreto.