Chemical engineer Nazia Loayza grew up in a Vraem village where she drank chocolate-colored water. So, she decided to design and build a prototype water treatment plant, which reduces turbidity levels.
With the goal to change this situation, Loayza develops water research studies thanks to the support of USAID and the Water Competence Center (CCA), aiming to help her village have clear water they can use.
“With the help of her tutor, Professor Cipriano Mendoza of the San Cristobal de Huamanga National University (UNSCH), Loayza designed and built a prototype water treatment plant, which lowers the levels of turbidity, even for acid waters produced by mining, which have a large amount of arsenic, mercury and other heavy metals that are potentially harmful to the environment”, Andina News Agency explained.
The Water Competence Center has the Agua Andes program whose objective is to understand the elements that guarantee water security from the peaks of the mountains to the lower valleys.
“In this quest to develop knowledge, technology and solutions, we work in the training of talents through research processes aimed at providing alternatives to the problems related to water management,” explained the president of the CCA, Bram Willems, to Andina.
Along with Loayza, there are many other students that are developing similar projects to benefit those populations that lack drinking water.