Anda planning three projects to improve San Salvador coverage

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

El Salvador's national water and sewerage authority Anda is working on three projects to improve potable water in capital San Salvador, which is currently at 80%, according to Anda president Marco Antonio Fortín.

One of these projects aims to replace 80-year-old pipelines in San Salvador's historic center, which are causing a 27% loss rate, Fortín said in a press statement.

Anda is also looking to repair the Las Pavas potable water plant, which provides 40-50% of the water for the San Salvador metropolitan region. The plant has capacity to produce 427,000m3/d but is currently capturing some 288,000m3/d due to faulty equipment.

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The utility will work to boost production at the plant by 100,000m3/d, increase uptake from the Ilopango lake by 1m3/s and drill a new well in Colón, La Libertad department.

The projects fall under Anda's 70mn-colon (US$8mn) investment plan for this year, which is being partially financed by IDB and the Spanish government's cooperation fund for water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean.