Putting water monitoring techniques into practice in Tunisia

March 20, 2017 | By Valerio Ponzo

The Second Training on Water Monitoring in Tunisia took place on March 6 and 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 in the framework of the WATER SUM project’s WATER POrT component. The training focused exclusively on building practical experience related to the monitoring of surface water and groundwater, building on the results of the first water monitoring training held in October 2016.

Covering the main aspects of the monitoring of surface water and groundwater quality and quantity, the agenda was tailored towards building the capacity of water authorities, practitioners and other stakeholders in Tunisia.

The first day of the training focused on the hydrological, physico-chemical and biological monitoring of 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 and the General Directorate of Water Resources. The National Agency for the Protection of the Environment provided equipment for the demonstration.

Early on the second day, 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, participants conducted piezometric monitoring of groundwater, combined with multi-metric sound technology to perform physico-chemical sampling.

The event 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.

Click here to read about the training in Jordan.

TAGS: WATER SUM | Tunisia | MENA region | Water management | Data analysis | Knowledge transfer | Experience exchange