Victory in Argentina

Chacras de la MercedMay 9, 2008

Dear friends,

I am pleased to share fantastic news from Argentina!

Every home in Chacras de la Merced is now connected to pipes delivering clean drinking water!

Since 1992, residents of this low-income community voiced concern about a sewage treatment plant that needed maintenance, lacked capacity, and frequently discharged effluent into the river. Wells along the river were the only source of drinking water and many people suffered from gastrointestinal illnesses.

I traveled to Chacras in 2003 and helped grassroots attorneys at Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente work with a local laboratory to test the water.

Family wells were found to be highly contaminated.

CEDHA and community representatives presented these test results in court and authorities were ordered to provide clean drinking water. Water tanks were brought in and potable water delivered by truck.

Now, the community has a new water system with pipes serving every home.

Our partners said: "We did this together!"

Thank you for supporting ELAW's work!

Sincerely,

Meche Lu
Environmental Research Scientist