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The Colombian Post Talk, Tell, Post - Contamination in Trinidad's water sources

Contamination in Trinidad's water sources

Trinidad is a municipality located in the department of Casanare with a population of 15,000 inhabitants that is economically supported by livestock and agriculture mainly. Currently this paradisiac place with unique flora and fauna is going through a worrying environmental crisis: the contamination of its water sources.

Over the years, we have seen the rivers  decrease their water level, their previously crystal clear waters today show a brown color, due to the contamination by the rice and pork industry, but also due to many of the inhabitants that live along the rivers who frequently throw solid waste from home, especially to the Pauto River.

Today, with the phenomenon of the child, rivers such as Pauto and Guachiria dry up and only beaches remain; but not only are the rivers affected, but also streams, lagoons and fishing lakes and this affects us a lot but we do not understand that this our fault since every day that passes we continue polluting our environment. It is a reality that crops such as rice and palms cause a lot of damage to Trinidad's water sources because they use many agrochemicals that pollute them and for these crops to survive in summer, they use many ways to draw water to these natural water sources.

On the other hand, in rural areas this problem can also be evident in farms and rural housing, since the service of aqueduct and sewerage does not reach there. Rural villagers extract water from deep wells, which quality is not optimal; however, it is the only source of this vital liquid that is drunk directly by farmers and their families regardless of that it is not drinkable and that requires prior treatment to make it fit for human consumption, will also affect their health in the long term. In addition, because they do not have garbage collection service, people dispose of their waste by burning it or throwing it into the streams or rivers that pass by their homes.

Contamination of Trinidad's water sources is a reality that we must face and that requires immediate attention from the municipal administration. But it is also a reality that most people in Trinidad are not aware of the extent of the damage they are causing to the source of life and vital resource for sustaining their different economic activities.