Some Amazon communities only have access to drinking water with unsafe levels of bacteria, a new report published today by Celestial Green Ventures reveals. The onsite water analysis behind this report directly led to CGV making a huge difference to the people of São Joaquim by providing them with safe drinking water, as part of the Trocano Araretama REDD+ project. You can download the Amazon water report, written by Leah Gainey at the following link: Fresh Water In The Brazilian Amazon
Water global problem
Whilst over 70% of the planet is covered in water, only 2.5% of this is fresh water, and of this only 1% is accessible for human consumption. On our blue planet, around 10% of all people have no access to clean drinking water. As the world’s largest river, the Amazon has an abundance of water, but most of this is far from safe to drink. This is due to a number of factors, including deforestation, dams and waterways, and pollution. These can affect water levels and temperature, cause leaching of toxic substances into the waterway, and lead to increased algae and bacteria growth, all of which reduce the drinkability of water.
Original Scientific Research
In August 2014, a Celestial Green Ventures monitoring trip to the Trocano Araretama REDD+ project in the Brazilian Amazon carried out an analysis of drinking water available in some of the communities. Working in collaboration with the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) and using a Dip Slides Combi chemical kit, the CGV team found that the water available in the community of São Joaquim contained dangerously high levels of bacteria.
As a direct result of this study, CGV worked with the local community to install an Acquabox, which purifies the water using ultraviolet activity. Below are the stages of the Acquabox project, from original idea to the final celebration at the handover ceremony!