Construction of US$45mn Santa Clara treatment plant to wrap up in Feb

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Construction of the Santa Clara wastewater treatment plant in Lima province's Ate Vitarte district will be completed at end-February 2012, according to Peru's housing, construction and sanitation minister René Cornejo.

The new 121mn-sol (US$45mn) facility will have capacity to treat 426l/s, benefitting some 64,000 residents in sectors Pariachi, La Gloria, San Juan, Horacio Zeballos and areas surrounding Ate Vitarte.

The project, which is being carried out by state-owned water utility Sedapal, aims to address the lack of wastewater treatment service in the district, state news agency Andina reported.

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"When the La Chira and Taboada treatment plants are completed, 16 other wastewater treatment plants operated by Sedapal expanded, and new plants such as [Santa Clara] functioning, Lima city will have 100% wastewater treatment coverage," the report quoted Cornejo as saying.

Currently being built in port city Callao, the Taboada plant will treat up to 20.3m3/s of wastewater, while La Chira, under construction in Chorrillos district, will have a maximum capacity of 11.3m3/s.

Sedapal, serving Lima and neighboring Callao, has an investment budget of more than 1.6bn soles for 2011-12.