Announcing two workshop/training sessions in DRINKING WATER TESTING for fecal contamination
in Mexico City, Mexico
on September 23 and 24,
and in Palenque, Mexico
on September 29 and 30, 2011.
These two day training sessions in Spanish are designed for community health workers and others who wish to be able to accurately and inexpensively test community drinking water for safety.
The workshops will be conducted by Agua Pura Para El Pueblo, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting safe drinking water, and hosted by AMEXTRA, the Mexican Association for Rural and Urban Transformation. The World Health Organization and other organizations recommend testing water samples for the presence of E. Coli bacteria as an indicator of fecal contamination. The workshops will feature the use of the Petrifilm plate from 3M and the Colilert fluorescent assay by IDEXX. These two methods are much simpler to use and more accurate than most other testing methods for coliform bacteria, especially E. Coli. By the end of the workshop participants will have been trained in the use of these methods and will have the testing materials to use in their own programs. The focus will be on modern methods of water testing, but will also include demonstrations of simple methods of water purification.