Mexico valley needs US$21bn for sustainable water management

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mexico's government needs to invest 250bn pesos (US$20.9bn) in a more ambitious program to provide sustainable water management for the Mexico valley, according to national water authority Conagua president Luis Luege.

The program would include investments for new water sources, upgrading potable water distribution systems, expanding wastewater treatment to 100% and a new framework to improve potable water and sanitation services.

Conagua is currently investing some 61.5bn pesos in a sustainable water program for the valley, the authority said in a release.

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This plan includes modernization of the Cutzamala potable water system and the Emisor Oriente and Compañía river drainage tunnels, as well as construction of the Atotonilco wastewater treatment plant, which will treat 60% of wastewater in the valley.