"Atomic" Technology Measures Water Quality Of Ecuador's Zamora River

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Southeast Ecuador is home to a constellation of copper and gold mines, which have sustained economic activity in the region for decades. The Zamora River — which passes through the area before emptying into the Santiago River — has felt the effects of the nearby mining activities and, as a result, the quality of its water has suffered dramatically. Following the implementation of a national technical cooperation (TC) project, Ecuador’s Water Secretariat (SENAGUA) has used the training and specialized equipment it received through IAEA support to implement strategies which are improving the conservation of the entire Zamora River Basin. From 1 to 5 July, a final Expert Mission will take place to review and substantiate the hydrological data collected by SENAGUA, validating Ecuador’s capacities to effectively monitor and manage local groundwater resources.

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