In late 2016 I was stationed in La Paz, Bolivia, reporting on behalf of the BBC World Service, BBC Online and Radio 4. The country was enduring its worst drought in a quarter of a century and water rationing was in place across the high altitude capital.
Marco: “This water, this river, is very, very polluted and unfortunately in Bolivia we don’t have any policy to recycle water – perhaps in the future maybe, but at the moment this water is not drinkable, it’s not clean. You can see that it is completely polluted. We can consider that this city never had that problem – because the city of La Paz is located close to the high mountains and they are normally covered in snow during the whole year but the situation was not controlled by the government with the water reservoir, with the water dykes.”
You can listen to the full report in this episode of Newshour.
November 30, 2016