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ACAPULCO, Mexico -- The resort city of Acapulco will use
$7.4 million to improve water and sewage treatment plants over the
next two years, an effort to clean up its polluted bay, officials
The announcement came weeks after a study detected water pollution
at 16 Mexican beach resorts, including Acapulco.
The report found that water contamination levels at the resorts
did not meet governmental standards for bodies of water used for
recreational purposes, and had caused health problems among residents
Significant levels of pollution were found at Mexico's best-known
bay, Acapulco, and at other smaller resorts, including Zihuatanejo.
At a news conference in Acapulco, federal officials said they
planned to refund water-use and extraction fees totaling $110 million
to cities across Mexico in need of water and sewage treatment plants
-- including Zihuatanejo.
Acapulco will receive $3.7 million in federal funds, while state
officials will add $1.9 million and city officials have set aside
another $3.7 million.
Acapulco Mayor Alberto Lopez said the money should help Acapulco
restart a sewage treatment project stalled since 1996 and ``address
whatever doubts exist about pollution in the bay.''
Acapulco, a mountainside resort of 700,000 people, has long
struggled to clean up wastewater dumped directly into its bay.
Cristobal Jaime Jaquez, director of Mexico's National Water
Commission, said the city plans to build three strategically located
plants in an effort to create a decentralized system that can cope
more efficiently with waste.
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