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Environmental watchtower being built in Xcalak Costa Maya

Xcalak, Q.R. — An in-sea monitoring tower is being constructed in Xcalak in the south of the state to protect marine areas.

The tower is being built through la Secretaría de Obras Públicas (Secretary of Public Works) to provide officials with an effective monitoring system.

William Conrado Alarcón of la Secretaría de Obras Públicas said that the 14-meter tall watchtower is an investment of just over 6.5 million peso. When complete, it will include bedrooms, a kitchenette, a solar power system, a biodigester for sanitary drainage and a desalination plant to provide those inside with drinking water from the sea.

He explained that the tower will be used to house staff from Semarnat, the Ministry of the Navy and the state government and will also double as an environmental laboratory.

Xcalak, located at the end of Coasta Maya in the south of the state, is a coastal village of 375 in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco and is considered one of the last unspoiled stretches of Mexican Caribbean.