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

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.