Ecuadorian capital Quito's basic services utility Emaap-Q plans to invest some US$60mn in new sewerage networks this year, the firm's deputy manager of sanitation, Cecilia Gárate, told BNamericas.
The funds were included in Ecuador's national budget for 2011. Part of the program will be financed by IDB, according to Gárate.
Tenders are due to be launched in March this year to build pipeline networks and interceptors that will transport wastewater to a new treatment plant, which is expected to begin construction next year. Studies are currently underway to determine the technical aspects of the new plant.
The sewerage works are part of Quito's US$120mn environmental sanitation plan, designed to clean four major rivers and over 15 tributaries that run through the metropolitan area.
The cleanup program, launched in 2007 with support from IDB, is due to wrap up in 2012. As well as the wastewater pipelines and treatment plant, the plan also includes remediation and flood and landslide prevention.