Sailing, sewage dilemma

The 2016 Summer Olympics are set to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eighteen months remain until the games begin and environmentalists are concerned about the state of pollution the sailing venue is currently in.

It appears as if no progress has been made to the human waste cesspool of Guanabara Bay. Trash is not the only problem, human defecates, hosptial waste, tires, couches, animal carcasses and even human bodies have been found in this unsafe water.

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When Rio won the bid for the 2016 Olympics, they promised to reduce their raw sewage flow by 80 percent. It is clear now that won’t be happening.

Rio has dumped millions of dollars into correcting the human waste problem, with little to show for it.

To put the icing on the cake, biologists have discovered a superbacteria in the water that is resistant to anitbiotics, making the contaminated much more threatening to sailors. Exposure to this water could result in a life-threatening infection.

Luiz Fernando Paez, state governor, hopes the International Olympics Committee will understand if the city doesn’t meet their target. Paez claims many other investments have been made in the area to make up for it.

Somehow, I don’t think the IOC will be very understanding of deadly sailing waters.


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