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Mexico's Jalisco state government plans to double wastewater treatment coverage over the next five years, Luis Aceves, director of wastewater treatment plants for the Jalisco state water commission, told BNamericas.
Some 50 wastewater treatment plants are currently not operating but the government "has promised to get them working again within the shortest time possible," said Aceves.
Once those plants restart operations, wastewater treatment coverage will "almost double" from the current 32%, said the director. The government has no plans to build new plants until the existing plants are functioning.
Mexico's second largest city and Jalisco state capital Guadalajara will reach 100% wastewater treatment coverage once construction of the 8.5m3/s Agua Prieta plant comes online in October.
There are 200 wastewater treatment plants across the state but only 50 of those in operation comply with discharge regulations, said Aceves.
As a result, many bodies of water are being contaminated with untreated discharges, confirmed the director.
The full interview with Luis Aceves is published in this week's Water & Waste Perspectives, for subscribers only.