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Clean lake water

 

Water is our most precious resource in the Inle Region and we must make sure we don’t destroy it now, or for future generations.

‘In the physiography of the lake two things are particularly striking, the clearness of the water and the floating islands that form a ring around the margin. Both these features give a peculiar beauty, unique in my experience to the Inle Lake.’

 

Nelson Annandale, 1918

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Before our generation, Inle residents would readily swim, wash their clothes and even drink from the lake.

 

Now with the population growth in the area, continued poor sanitation and widespread chemically intensive farming, the quality of the water is at risk.

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Chemical pesticide levels, when last tested, were far beyond safe limits across the watershed, and even contained chemicals banned for their effects on humans. This provides a threat toxic to both wildlife and humans.

 

Chemical fertilisers threaten eutrophication – over enrichment of the water that can trigger micro-organism bloom and lead to environment asphyxiation.

 

Legend:

Small-pointerLake’s loading capacity (kg/yr)
Small-Pointer-2Quantities actually spread (kg/yr)

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The swelling population and tourism growth, combined with poor sanitation standards furthers the risks of eutrophication through untreated wastewater, and also creates dirty and unappealing lake water.
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Our clean water programme seeks to address these threats, initially through wastewater treatment and water quality monitoring.