Committee to inspect Nueva Esparta waterworks/waste infrastructure

Friday, April 26, 2002

The environment and territorial planning committee of Venezuela's national legislative assembly will visit Nueva Esparta state next month to inspect waterworks and solid waste infrastructure, a committee official told BNamericas.

"We expect to visit Nueva Esparta by mid-month and will check to see what progress has been made in regard to wastewater treatment and solid waste management," the official said. The committee will visit plants Los Cerritos, Juangriego and La Auyama, among others.

The committee visited last September, when it saw the state's waterworks infrastructure was collapsed due to the large volume of wastewater generated by haphazard urban and hotel development that often ignores rules calling for treatment plants.

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Environment and natural resource minister Ana Elisa Osorio said earlier this month that the country's waterworks infrastructure would increase 50% during President Hugo Chavez's administration, in particular for tourist-dependent states Nueva Esparta, Falcon, Vargas, and Sucre.

In regard to solid waste, the official said the committee aims to gauge the financial difficulties faced by local waste collection companies, which companies say have led to labor problems and consequently affected service.

The committee will also check up on progress of a solid waste study being drafted by Spanish construction and engineering company Ingenieria de Obras y Montajes (IDOM).