Conagua plans four projects to improve Cutzamala system in 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mexican national water authority Conagua will carry out four projects this year under the modernization program for Mexico City's Cutzamala potable water distribution system, according to director José Luis Luege.

One of the most important projects will be construction of a third pipeline for the system, Conagua said in a release.

The executive project, which will define design and final cost for the pipeline, has already been tendered, Luege said. Once this is completed, Conagua will launch a construction tender for the first phase of pipeline, which is scheduled to be completed by 2014, Luege said.

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The authority will also build a second high-pressure line from pumping station 5 to oscillation tower 5, which will avoid having to cut off water to the capital when maintenance is being carried out on the distribution system, Luege added.

Other projects include expansion of the Pericos storage tank to hold 200,000m3, and improvements at the Los Berros potable water plant.

Luege was speaking at a press conference to mark the 29th anniversary of the Cutzamala system, which supplies some 2.58Mm3/y of water to the Mexico valley area.