What’s the best way to observe World Water Day?
If you ask CEE 4350, most of us will answer with 8 hours of sampling!
Today, the bioaerosols, water quality, and low cost testing teams visited three different sampling sites including the highest and lowest of our total sampling points along the Choqueyapu River.
Each of us were up bright and early at 7:30 AM. Our original intention was to visit six sites. To most of us this sounded somewhat ambitious so we were hoping to complete sampling in at least four locations. Traffic to our first site in Pampalarama significantly slowed us down, but we kept pushing forward to reach as many sites as possible.
Although the long drive put us behind schedule, there were so many things to be seen from the van. The mountains and urban street art never cease to amaze. The favorite sight of the day for many was the alpaca herds we passed on our way to the first sample site. They could be seen grazing along the mountain.
Upon arrival each group got straight to work with sampling. We were careful to take it easy due to the high elevation. Pampalarama is in the upstream section of the Choqueyapu River which originates from glacial melt. Because the water was fresh from the glaciers, it was extremely clean compared to what we had sampled the previous day. Most of us are expecting results from our tests indicating that there are no pathogens at this point in the river.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the second and third sites along the river. These sites were much more polluted and carried the scent of waste. This is unacceptable! So many people in this city use the Choqueyapu to wash clothes, irrigate produce, etc. The river is integral part of their way of life. I think anyone would agree that cleaner water could be linked to a better health and productivity for this community.
“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” Thomas Fuller.
For us in this class, we aren’t waiting “till the well is dry” to acknowledge that water is essentially life. We’re acknowledging it’s importance now and doing all we can to increase awareness long before the well runs dry.
Happy World Water Day!