NICARAGUA: Cleaning Up ‘World’s Biggest Toilet’

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Canal de draiange des eaux à Managua – Nicaragua © AFP PHOTO/Miguel ALVAREZ

MANAGUA, Mar 16 (IPS) – After dumping its untreated wastewater into lake Managua for more than 80 years, the capital of Nicaragua has started to clean up the huge source of water in this country, where 80 percent of fresh water sources are polluted.

For 82 years we have turned Central America’s largest lake into the world’s biggest toilet,” Jaime Incer Barquero, a scientist and environmentalist, told IPS. “We poison it every day with tons of feces and garbage, and now, at this pace, it will take 50 years or more to salvage.

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