Tuesday, April 11, 2000, 4:10:49 PM, you wrote:
BA> Totally contaminated with sewage because both the water mains and
BA> the sewers leak and cross-contamination is inevitable whenever
BA> water pressure in the mains drops. I think the water system in
BA> Cochabamba dates from about 1920, and I've heard it estimated that
BA> only about half of what goes into the mains ever makes it into a
OK, but the potable water system's leaking isn't going to contaminate
the waste water. It could wind up back in the aquifers though, after
being contaminated by the drainage.
So the problem is in the waste water drainage system and the
contamination is occurring before any opportunity for treatment can
occur. On the other hand, if the potable water delivery system wasn't
so permeable, it would be as subject to contamination from without.
One of the two will have to be given priority, but the renovation of
both water delivery systems is called for. Probably the waste water
drainage system should be addressed first, since it may be
contaminating the aquifers directly and indirectly.
I would think International funds would be available for remedying
this kind of health based mechanical problem.
BA> Bolivia may be poor, but the people are generally well-fed. There
BA> are exceptions (of course), but there are still enough people on
BA> the land that relatively abundant food makes it into the city.
Glad to hear it. It looks like a beautiful country from what I've seen
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