In Peru, pre-Columbian canals offer hope against drought

Every kilometer of amuna that is put into operation allows the transportation of 178,000 cubic meters of water per year “The amunas already exist. What we are doing is restoring” them, said Mariella Sanchez Guerra, director of the Aquafondo water-access initiative which started the initiative with the participation of the local inhabitants in 2017.

“We have identified 67 kilometers of amunas” to be reclaimed by 2025, she said. “Of 67 kilometers, we have recovered 17, which means water for about 82,000 people for a whole year.”

The canals do not serve only the inhabitants of Huarochiri.

They also feed the Santa Eulalia river, a tributary of the Rimac river that provides some 80 percent of water consumed in Lima, one of the world’s biggest desert cities.

Source: In Peru, pre-Columbian canals offer hope against drought