Report: Swells affected Puerto Rico glowing lagoon

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013

Scientists celebrated that it wasn't a man-made problem, but their investigation also found that the lagoon has high amounts of fecal matter and other bacteria.

Those findings demonstrate a need for the water and sewer treatment plant currently being built, said Laura Velez, president of the Environmental Quality Board, which monitors such projects.

Government officials said the contamination problem was the result of a nearby community lacking a proper sewage system.

Residents had asked that the plant be moved elsewhere when the lagoon began going dark, and the government temporarily suspended construction of it for two weeks to allow scientists to investigate.

Alberto Lazaro, president of the state Water and Sewer Authority, said the agency is contemplating relocating the plant and that officials will meet with residents before choosing a location.

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