By Violeta Soria, Los Tiempos | 12/7/2016 | (Translated from Spanish with Google Translate)
Researchers have found high levels of ammonium and phosphate in theAlalay lagoon. Large quantities of these compounds, which originate in organic waste that dumped in the water, cause algal and bacterial blooms. Lime is one solution to decrease the amount of bacteria in the lagoon, but scientists have discovered that certain types of bacteria present in the water have learned to adapt to this treatment.
By Redaccion Central, Los Tiempos | 11/24/2016 | (Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translate by Nicole Felter)
The Mayor of Cercado, Jose Maria Leyes, has stated that the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has not payed as much attention to Cochabamba as it has to La Paz. Semapa, a water service in Cochabamba, has not been able to meet the demands of the people and there has been rationing in place since June. The mayor stated that the national government has not been any help in solving the water crisis within Cochabamba. As the government plans to expand its current budget in order to solve this water crisis, research professor at the University of San Simón, Fernando Salazar, has stated that the municipalities also need to try and find new water sources as well as making sure that the existing water sources are for human consumption.