A rainwater puddle in Tete, possibly contaminating the drinking water.
In the past few months we have been very busy taking samples from different parts of Mozambique and testing the device in the lab in Holland. We went to Mandjacaze for the second time, but also to Songo (Cahora Bassa Lake), Tete and Beira.
In Mandjacaze we took samples from the same places as in December 2017. Since in December it was still dry season, while now we are at the end of rainy season, we can compare the results and see what the difference is in water quality between the two seasons. In Tete we worked together with ARA Zambeze, the local waterboard, to get more information on the water quality of the drinking water and of the water streams that might be polluting it. ARA Zambeze is specifically interested in the contamination from standing rainwater puddles and waste water streams in the valley, that are polluting the drinking water and the river. They are currently working hard to stop this pollution (Nhartanda valley ViaWater project) and we are happy we could lend them a hand! In Songo we measured the water quality of the Cahora Bassa lake, while in Beira we measured the water quality from the taps for the water provider FIPAG.
These samples are send to the Netherlands and will be used to test and validate our mobile water quality device, using DNA techniques. The analysis results will be send to the involved parties and will provide valuable input for the development of their strategy.