Roundup: Tiuna wastewater, Coro drainage, Táchira and Mérida potable water

- Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Roundup: Tiuna wastewater, Coro drainage, Táchira and Mérida potable water

Venezuela's environment ministry (Minamb) is preparing a plan to build a wastewater management system serving Tiuna in capital Caracas, requiring at least US$18mn.

The project will be carried out in three phases, the first of which will require US$2mn and involves expanding a wastewater collector on the Valle river by 1km, as well as building a pumping station. This phase is scheduled for completion in six months.

The next phase, costing US$6mn, entails channeling work and expanding the collector by an additional 1.25km on the Valle river to reach the town of Turmerito. Work is slated to wrap up in seven months.

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Finally, phase three includes expanding the collector by another 4km on the Valle river, as well as building a wastewater treatment plant. Work is budgeted at US$10mn and is due to wrap up in 15 months.

Preliminary studies for the project have already begun. The project falls under Minamb's Guaire river sanitation project.

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Falcón state water utility Hidrofalcón is working with regional development fund Fundaregión on a series of projects to improve potable water and drainage pipelines in Coro, Falcón state.

Work involves installing 1km of rainwater drainage pipelines on Buchivoacoa street, benefiting Pueblo Nuevo, San Nicolás and Las Panelas.

Additional work entails revising and replacing part of a drainage pipeline in the area and carrying out repaving work.

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Finally, Minamb is working with IDB and state-owned water company Hidroven to look at financing options for projects to improve potable water supply and environmental sanitation in communities along the high basins of states Táchira and Mérida.

The entities have so far completed evaluations of potable water and sanitation service in communities located on the Pereño and Uribante river basins, as well as the Los Uvitos sector on the La Maruchí de Mérida microbasin.

The evaluations take into account the areas' existing wastewater management, the number of households, potable water supply, and more, according to a Minamb release.