Putting Water Monitoring Techniques into Practice
The 2nd Training on Water Monitoring in Tunisia took place on March 6-7, 2017, in Tabarka, Tunisia, and included field exercises in the vicinity of the Bou Hertma River. The event was part of a cluster of “water resources protection” activities carried out through the WATER SUM project’s WATER POrT component. The training focused exclusively on building practical experience related to the monitoring of surface and ground waters, and builds on the results of the 1st Water Monitoring training, held in October 2016.
Covering the main aspects of monitoring surface water and groundwater quality and quantity, the agenda was tailored to build the capacity of water authorities, practitioners and other stakeholders in Tunisia.
The first day of the training was focused on the hydrological, physico-chemical and biological monitoring in the rivers, and included an on-site demonstration of sampling and the use of field equipment.
Ms. Romina Alvares Troncoso and Mr. Jesus Pernas demonstrated the use of sampling equipment in the Bou Hertma River. Valuable support for the demonstration was provided by experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries (MARH) and the General Directorate of Water Resources (DGRE). The National Agency for the Protection of the Environment provided equipment for the demonstration.
Early on the second day, the participants travelled to Barrage Sidi Bou Hertma for field exercises, which included sampling and surveying reservoirs. Biological and bathymetric samples were collected on board a boat that was provided by the Civil Defence of Tunisia with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries. In the afternoon, the participants conducted piezometric monitoring of groundwater, combined with multi-metric sound technology to perform physico-chemical sampling.
The training also provided a foundation for ongoing training on data processing by bridging the application of water resources monitoring techniques with the knowledge of processing and the utilisation of monitoring data.