Atotonilco plant to treat 60% of wastewater in Mexico valley

- Thursday, August 11, 2011

Atotonilco plant to treat 60% of wastewater in Mexico valley

Mexico's Atotonilco wastewater treatment plant project in Hidalgo state will treat 60% of the wastewater generated in the Mexico valley, national water authority Conagua said in a release.

Construction of the 4.3Mm3/d plant is being carried out by a consortium comprised of local firm ICA (BMV, NYSE: ICA) and compatriot IDEAL (BMV: IDEAL) at a cost of US$710mn.

The plant will be located at the exit points of the Emisor Central and Emisor Oriente drainage tunnels, the latter of which is under construction and due for completion in 2014, the report said.

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Works also include the installation of filters to remove garbage from the water and biodigesters to generate methane gas to power the plant.

The treated water will be used by local farmers for irrigation.

The initiative is expected to wrap up at end-2012, with test operations due to begin this year.