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Puerto Rico's water utility AAA is planning to build two new reservoirs over the next few years to improve potable water service in the eastern part of the country.
The Valenciano and Beatriz reservoirs will have a total cost of US$475mn and benefit over 500,000 residents, according to AAA press release.
The utility plans to begin construction of the Valenciano reservoir, which will cost US$250mn, in August. The project will take three years to complete and will have capacity to store 12.8Mm3 of water.
Work includes construction of a potable water plant in Juncos city, which will produce 83,300m3/d, as well as eight storage tanks, seven pumping stations and 71.5km of distribution pipeline for cities Juncos, Las Piedras and San Lorenzo.
The Beatriz reservoir, located in Caguas city, will have capacity to store 8Mm3 of water and cost US$225mn.
The project includes building a potable water plant to produce 53,000m3/d, two storage tanks and a pumping station.
AAA is currently in the process of obtaining environmental permits for the project. Construction is expected to take three years to complete.