|By Ann Mastroianni (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 - 10:00 pm:|
|By Ann Phelan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1752) on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 - 10:08 pm:|
|By seb (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2124) on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 - 11:59 pm:|
You don't fool us, Ann, you're deducting the whole trip (IF ONLY!)
|By Brian (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #910) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 3:41 am:|
There is a central plant that treats the waste from hotels and cruise ships, I don't know how efficient it is and I have read that there is a plan to put in place a more effective and environmentally friendly solution. Capn Don's Habitat is fairly unique with their own state of the art treatment facility. Most other places use cess pits and have regular collections, some are very close to the hotels. We were ordering food at a nearby hotel when the lorry arrived and started emptying the cess pit, we left pdq.
|By Ruth van Tilburg (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #355) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 7:47 am:|
We have a central plant? Where is it (besides our dreams)?
|By Brian (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #913) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 9:20 am:|
Sorry Ruth, I assumed that it was being taken away for treatment. I never guessed it wasn't. Blimey there must be quite a whiff somewhere.
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13407) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 10:55 am:|
We were leaving Belmar one afternoon, and they were emptying the ses pit...peeeeeewwwww! Ruth, where do they take it (or do I really want to know..) sorry we missed you this last trip, things were so busy with the kids and all...next time!
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4784) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 5:39 pm:|
Welcome to BT, Ann! No formal wastewater treatment plant on Bonaire yet....you might have to get in line for a job as an operator, too...my husband has been waiting for many years now for Bonaire to get one up and running so he can become a senior operator down there! LOL. Carole
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4785) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 5:41 pm:|
PS We visited the operation out at Yosemite years ago...sweet place...should have jumped on that job then...government protection and all. Carole
|By Tish Dace (BonaireTalker - Post #79) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 6:03 pm:|
|By Cheryl B (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #179) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 9:19 pm:|
Cynde, Roger can tell you all about the wastewater treatment on Bonaire - he told us one night while relaxing in the evening at the Belmar... made me stop walking thru the gardens at the resorts, I can tell you that!
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13424) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 11:01 pm:|
Cheryl...that's what I DIDN'T want to know! I'm going to have to email him...
|By Wally and Eva (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #780) on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 11:23 pm:|
I think most houses have a limestone mix concrete box buried in the yard for collection. The boxes do not have leech fields like in the US for a variety of reasons...soil type, rocks, cost, space, etc. The boxes probably leech quite a bit but they leech the bad way...through the bottoms and sides instead of through a grassed evaporation field. The boxes are pumped regularly as that is the main disposal method. As I'm a betting man, I bet the pump off is just discharged out of the truck onto the ground some where in the outback. Somebody please correct me on this....I'm a natural pessimist when it comes to people and systems....lowest denominator kind of thing.
|By Brigitte Kley - Coco Palm Garden (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #267) on Friday, April 8, 2005 - 11:14 pm:|
A good healthy septic tanks has 3 chambers and some very useful bacteries ... one of the reasons you should not use Chlorax etc, that kills these nice little critters (look for wash powders etc with a green logo on the box for eco friendly) ... the overflow goes into the second chamber with another set of little critters ... overflow to the 3rd chamber, which than is used in most of the cases to water the gardens, still smelly but the plants love it --- sorry, I can't see anything wrong with it.
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13435) on Saturday, April 9, 2005 - 11:51 am:|
Brigitte, thanks for explaining the logistics of a good septic tank...no wonder why the gardens on Bonaire are so lush ;-) So, does everyone house on the island have such a septic tank...or...does it depend on how healthy a septic tank you have...and yes, 10-15 thousand Naf is expensive...for ANYONE!
|By Brigitte Kley - Coco Palm Garden (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #268) on Saturday, April 9, 2005 - 12:49 pm:|
No, not every house on Bonaire has a septic tank, the older houses (not the bigger/expensive ones, they always used the septic tanks)have just what is called a beerput... means a partly cemented hole, that liquid is not used for the gardens. The same critters are working in there, so if no sharp detergents are used , the critters will stay healthy and it will rarely need to be pumped out - septic tank as well as beerput ... but yes, there will from those always be some water dripping into the ground ... as it is doing for many many years ....
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13441) on Saturday, April 9, 2005 - 2:18 pm:|
Brigitte, thanks for the info (on the septic tanks)...OK, will leave my plastic bags at home, and just bring big bags for carrying groceries!
|By Jim Woodward (BonaireTalker - Post #40) on Saturday, April 9, 2005 - 2:21 pm:|
Cynde, near where I live a WalMart Super Center recycles plastic bags. An even closer WalMart does not, so take a look and ask at the stores you use.
|By seb (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2135) on Saturday, April 9, 2005 - 6:47 pm:|
Cynde, get you some bags!
|By Mare (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #739) on Saturday, April 9, 2005 - 6:49 pm:|
I have lots of canvas bags and that's what I use to carry my groceries both on Bonaire and in NYC. I hate plastic bags.
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13442) on Saturday, April 9, 2005 - 8:58 pm:|
Seb, those were just the kind of bags I was thinking of taking...Jim, I'll check out our local walmart. The local grocery store used to take them, but now they don't:-(
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