Environment ministry drawing up sanitation scheme for remote areas

Monday, September 12, 2011

Uruguay's housing, land and environment ministry (MVOTMA) is drawing up a program to allow the use of independent wastewater treatment plants in remote areas.

The plan aims to allow wastewater treatment in areas with around 5,000 residents that cannot currently be reached by state water utility OSE, according to a presidential release.

The ministry plans to build a pilot plant in Canelones that could later be replicated in other areas. The initiative should be approved by October, after which a tender will be launched to build the plant.

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The US$8mn program will be funded by Spanish cooperation agency AECID. OSE and rural sustainable development agency Mevir will also participate in the project.