TMI, in partnership with Urpichallay, a local NGO in the Cordillera Blanca range of Peru, developed water quality monitoring trainings for rural Quechua communities affected by mining operations, lack of sewage treatment and other sources of pollution. The program was founded in 2000 and has grown to include ten new locations. The Water Forever project has been promoted by Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental, (the Peruvian Environmental Law Association), for inclusion in national policies.
TMI worked with water quality scientists from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia to develop a set
of biological indicators which use fresh water macro-invertebrates to determine the quality of the water. These indicators are easy and cost-effective to use, making them invaluable to local communities. They are able to provide a more complete assessment of the health of rivers than more traditional water chemistry indicators.