Every morning we wake up and walk to the bathroom. Without thinking we open up the tap and water comes running out. Having access to pure drinking water seems so self-evident to us, but a lot of people don’t have this luxury. This is also the case in many villages of the Huánuco region in Peru.Some people there have to drink directly from the source, without a proper form of purification. A health risk to which hundreds of people are exposed every day.
In this region Humasol is doing a three part project on water management, in cooperation with Islas de Paz Peru. The first two parts focus on an improvement of the local drinking water quality in order to reduce the number of water related diseases. At first the problem has to be localized by taking and analyzing water samples. Based on these results specific cleaning techniques will be used to optimize the drinking water treatment. The third part consists of a study to improve the efficiency of the irrigation methods. In the Peruvian mountains the majority of the farmers work on fields located on the mountainside. With the irrigation methods they currently use, most of the water simply runs down those hills, thereby wasting a lot of water and causing erosion. More efficient watering systems do exist in Peru, but aren’t commonly known yet. By bundling our theoretical knowledge and their life-long experience we hope to tackle this problem and work together to a better water use.
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