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Full of ... #280609
05/18/08 10:37 AM
05/18/08 10:37 AM
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birder Offline OP
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Should we be worried about the sewage problem on Caulker?

Sufficiently worried to run screaming for the mainland and give up our dream of kicking back on a tropical island with warm breezes and cool beers?

I know the sulfur smelling water might really be algae, like I've been told, but the small island\big population (in relative terms)must be a eco-disaster waiting to happen. Are solutions in the offing?

Re: Full of ... [Re: birder] #280619
05/18/08 11:16 AM
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We all build eco smart three tier septic tanks.
The sulfur like smell is not from sewage and we treat our well with lime and airation

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Re: Full of ... [Re: ScubaLdy] #280628
05/18/08 11:49 AM
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bider, you may want to look at the following thread regarding the "water system" on CC:

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Re: Full of ... [Re: azbob] #280633
05/18/08 12:46 PM
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You're in Caye Caulker now, why not stop by town hall on Monday morning and check with them on what the plans are for the future.

Re: Full of ... [Re: SimonB] #280689
05/18/08 07:54 PM
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If raw sewage is a concern, it also depends on where you are buying on Caye Caulker.

Re: Full of ... [Re:] #280694
05/18/08 08:35 PM
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IT isn't sewage. Caye Caulker was created by sand building up around mangrove roots standing in the sea.They survive in salt water by having a large amount of sulfer in the roots and trunk. The old roots are still in layers in the ground and they release hydrogen sulfide gas into the water.When you aerate the water the gas is released and the water smells good again. When I came in the 70's there was not one flush toilet on the island. We shared outhouses on the end of the docks.There was no source of sewage on land but we still had the same problem with sulpher smell in the wells esp. in dry season.
The usual test for sewage is to sample for for E Coli. The wells we tested all over the island all passed whether they smelled or not, with the exception of the one at the dump, where the septic tank pumpers discharge.
I drink my well water, having tested it many times over the 30 years I have had it.

Last edited by Dane; 05/18/08 08:36 PM.
Re: Full of ... [Re: Dane] #280767
05/19/08 12:24 PM
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birder Offline OP
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Thank you all for your helpful replies. We are moving closer to a move. It's reassuring to know the septic system is safe.

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