OSE to spend US$100mn/y to cut water losses

Friday, November 25, 2011

Uruguay's state-owned water utility OSE will invest US$100mn each year in projects to reduce its non-revenue water levels.

The company currently has an unbilled water rate of 50%. This is a difficult issue to resolve, since OSE is obliged by law to supply the resource free of charge to some low-income sectors, company president Milton Machado said in a government release.

The investment will go towards improving the company's water distribution network, installing new pipelines and meters, training personnel and implementing new technology.

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Many of OSE's pipelines were first installed more than 70 years ago, and the company is slowly working to replace them all, Machado said.

The utility has installed 69,000 new water meters since 1998 and expects to reach 81,000 by the end of the year.