Sanaa needs US$63mn to repair Tegucigalpa sewerage system

Friday, February 18, 2011

Honduran national water authority Sanaa requires some 1.2bn lempiras (US$63.5mn) to repair sewerage infrastructure in capital Tegucigalpa, according to the authority's deputy director Ricardo Velásquez.

The capital and neighboring Comayagüela have had continuous problems with rupturing pipelines spilling effluent on to city streets, paper El Heraldo reported.

The sewerage infrastructure has been in place for 40-50 years, and without repair, deterioration is inevitable, Sanaa's sewerage department head Franklin Oyuela told the paper, adding that some 60% of the system's pipelines are in poor condition.

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Authorities also blame the system's collapse on rapid and disorganized growth in the capital, where the sewerage and stormwater drainage systems are connected.

The system's capacity must be expanded, and Sanaa authorities are looking internationally to finance the work. Until then, residents can continue to expect service disruptions, the report said.