Gray Water

For more than 80 years, the government of Managua, Nicaragua dumped all of the city's sewage into nearby Lake Managua. Along with industrial waste from nearby factories, this resulted in Lake Managua becoming one of the most polluted lakes in Central America. Thousands of Nicaragua's poorest people live and fish along the lake's shore. Some of these people believe the new water treatment plant, which was finished in 2009, decontaminated the lake. Others know the lake is still polluted, but must choose between eating the fish or going hungry.