The Institute of Limnology of the University of Guadalajara seeks agreements with municipalities bordering Lake Chapala to carry out its own sampling on the quality of the water. The researcher Eduardo Juárez Carrillo, director of the Institute, reported that they already have an agreement with municipal authorities of Jocotepec and are in talks with those of Chapala and Jamay, so that they support them and be able to carry out the sampling work.
The academic commented that they have carried out samplings in areas near the aqueduct and the town of Chapala, in which they found the presence of important organisms such as cyanophyte microalgae, which had not appeared in previous reviews, and which should be monitored. He explained that the expanded sampling that they seek to carry out will serve to identify if there may be a problem with the proliferation of these microalgae or they are not relevant.
“We hope to sample the entire lake and see if there is a problem with these microalgae or there is no concern about them. Clarify that these microalgae do not need an extra treatment than is already done within the Siapa treatment plants that do a good job ”, he specified.
In response to a request for information, the Chapala City Council stated that the lake is a federal zone and that they do not have jurisdiction to act on issues of irregular discharges or monitor water quality. Regarding the coordination work with state and federal authorities, he replied that they have promoted wetlands and linear parks in streams in the municipality. He added that warnings have only been issued in San Antonio Tlayacapán and Riberas del Pilar, but did not specify the anomaly detected. For its part, the Jocotepec City Council responded that the issue is the faculty of agencies such as Conagua and the State Water Commission.