People travelling to and from the City of Belmopan may have noticed a distinctive and foul odor at the Guanacaste Park Junction where works are currently ongoing for the construction of a roundabout, which is being done by RJB’s construction limited. Now according to reports, some three months ago, while RJB’s construction was digging the trench to fix the culvert at the corner of the Humming bird highway and the George Price Highway, workers started noticing water with a strange reddish color flowing down stream.
The reddish water came with an awful smell that reeks of the waste product of molasses, a substance used in the brewing of liquor.
What’s more is that the contaminated water is flowing into the creek that meets the Belize River a couple hundred yards from the Guanacaste Park Reserve. Audubon society, which manages the park, refused to speak with us today. However, we understand that there is a growing concern on the part of the management as the river is frequented by tourists and locals alike who often go swimming and fishing in the area. As a matter of fact, today we spoke to people we found swimming in the area who claim they saw a fish floating in the river belly up. So where is this murky, reddish, smelly water coming from?
We spoke to Traveller’s distillery, which is located about 500 yards from the Guanacaste junction and is the only distillery company in Belmopan. They confirmed to us that the Department of the Environment has taken samples of their waste to compare it to the liquid flowing into the river. DOE says they cannot yet disclose the results of the test, however they did confirm that they will be conducting an inspection next week. Traveller’s assures however that this is not normal and accredited the leak to a possible overspill or broken pipe. Plus News has also gotten reports that the
water flowing into the river might be a mixture of waste from both Traveller’s distillery and BWS, which has its waste treatment plant for Belmopan adjacent to the distillery. Whatever the case me be, the contaminated water continues to pollute the Belize River. We will bring you updates on this story as they are made available.