Conagua to spend US$4.2mn to clean up DF rivers

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mexican national water authority Conagua plans to spend 50mn pesos (US$4.2mn) to clean up Mexico City's rivers and gullies, the authority said in a release.

The program aims to clean 16 rivers and gullies across the city so that rainwater can filter into the aquifer, rather than overflowing and causing flooding.

Conagua will install mechanisms in the San Borja and El Limbo gullies so wastewater can be diverted into the drainage system, as opposed to being dumped in the rivers.

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Absorption wells will also be built at a cost of 20mn pesos, allowing filtration of rainwater into the subsoil and reducing the risk of flooding.

The current budget for the project will be adjusted according to the needs of individual rivers and gullies, said Conagua director José Luis Luege, who called on residents to avoid dumping garbage in rivers and streams.