Nicaraguan national water and sewerage utility Enacal expects expansion work on the potable water and sewerage networks in Boaco department's capital of the same name to be completed by May.
The Spanish government is financing the project, which will have a total cost of some 8.8mn euros (US$11.7mn), the utility reported on its website.
The potable water portion of the project includes construction of a dam to store 187,000m3 on the Fonseca river in El Diamante. A pumping station will transfer 117l/s to a potable water treatment plant, which is near completion.
Treated water will be transferred via a pumping station and 1km pipeline to a 2,900m3 storage tank in El Cuero for distribution. An additional 9.32km of distribution pipeline has been installed in the city.
The wastewater component of the project, which is in its initial phase, includes three main collectors, 4.4km of sewerage pipeline and construction of a wastewater treatment plant.
The project aims to provide service to 50% of Boaca residents, treating 4,954m3/d of wastewater, which will then be deposited into the Fonesca river, downstream of the dam.
Currently, only Boaca's historic city center has sewerage service, with the rest of the city dumping untreated effluents directly into the river.