Marn: El Guapo dam to be rebuilt by July 2007

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Venezuelan government is working on a plan to rebuild the El Guapo dam in north-central Miranda state to supply potable water to around 450,000 people in the region, according to a report on the environment ministry (Marn) website.

The dam is being constructed 4.5km south of El Guapo town and will cost a total 144bn bolívares (US$67.2mn), providing potable water to 130,000 residents of the area and a floating population of another 350,000 vacationers.

During heavy rainfall in 1999, the existing dam in the area on the Guapo river suffered serious damage. In 2005 Marn began rebuilding works through the Brazilian-Venezuelan consortium Correia Barsanti and the second phase will begin this June.

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Once completed in July 2007, the reservoir created behind the 60m-high dam will have a surface area of 600ha and will store a total 155M cu m of water.

It will also allow for 1.2 cu m per second of treated potable water thanks to an onsite treatment plant that will be extended. Further, it will supply irrigation water for 6,500ha of land in the region.