Roatan enjoyed another successful International Fishing Tournament this year! It was, without a doubt, an exciting and proud time for Roatán not only because the island was the host for the internationally popular festivities but also because island anglers won both events – the Rodeo and Bill Fish events. The village of West End showcased a brand new paved road, one that has been under construction for much of this year and was enjoyed by residents and visitors.
Buried a few meters under this kilometer-long ribbon of stamped concrete road lays an entirely new sewage collection system. This very popular tourist area has now the capability to treat its sanitary waste utilizing its newly installed sewer system. The system has 4 lift stations throughout the community that pump waste from homes and businesses to its final destination, the West End Waste Water Treatment Plant. This plant was designed to treat up to 130,000 gallons per day and to remove 95% of the organic material, pathogens and suspended solids from the sewage stream. This treatment plant was completed on December of 2011 by ACME Environmental Solutions
The plant uses a treatment technology called the Extended Aeration Activated Sludge Process. This treatment uses microorganism to feed on organic elements in the wastewater, producing a high quality effluent. This is the most popular biological treatment process for small to medium communities because it is very effective and can be built on a relatively small piece of land.
How exciting is it that West End will be able to treat all of its waste waters? That this untreated waste will not be affecting the ground waters or the surface waters in this beautiful water front community! The technology is environmentally friendly taking care of excess nutrients such as Nitrogen and Phosphorus that negatively impact our beautiful coral reef ecosystems.
For households that are now or will soon be connected to the new collection system, there is no change in their use habits. Users can continue to use the same dish washing liquids, shampoos, soaps, etc although it is always recommended that items such as diapers, cigarette ends, plastics, papers, and other non-biodegradable materials not enter the sewer system. Grease, paint and other materials like engine oils are big No-No’s!
The Municipality of Roatán and the resident of West End, have invested in an incredible project that makes West End more livable and more enticing for visitors and investors. It is very important for the community to protect the valuable ocean ecosystems by properly connecting their home and businesses to the sewer system. West End has taken a giant leap forward in its protection of the waters that make the annual fishing tournament and many other events will be sustainable well into the future.
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