Case study: Protecting Lake Chacas for everyone
“Without water, there is no life and all the animals and plants will die” Edith, Peru
Without a water supply or sewer system, Edith's village relies on water from the local lake for drinking, bathing and watering crops. The lake is vital to all aspects of life, but it is also vulnerable to climate change and often contaminated from different types of waste, and livestock grazing.
Using water testing kits, Edith and other students from her school monitor the lake. They test the PH levels, water quality and quantity and the temperature of both the air and water. Using these measurements, they can identify patterns and alert local communities if the water in the lake is not suitable for drinking.
The students’ actions are helping to protect this fragile resource for their communities. Their hard work has seen them awarded a prize by the regional government, and they have been recognised by the Minister for Environmental Affairs.