Sedapal to begin operating US$181mn Huachipa potable water plant in July

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Peru's Lima water utility Sedapal plans to begin providing water from the Huachipa potable water plant on July 8, according to Sedapal president Luis Antonio Isasi Cayo.

The plant will supply 2.4mn residents in eight eastern and northern districts of the capital, state news agency Andina reported.

The facility, which includes two 9,000m3 storage tanks, cost some 500mn soles (US$181mn) and will have an initial production capacity of 5m3/s, BNamericas reported previously. The plant was completed at end-2010.

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Sedapal is also building the Huascacocha reservoir that will be supplied by an intake transferring 2.6m3/s from the Rímac river, increasing supply for the Huachipa plant by 48.6Mm3/y, Isasi said at a celebration to mark the utility's 49th anniversary.

The utility's master plan has identified another 157,000 families lacking potable water and hopes to expand coverage with the support of the incoming government of president-elect Ollanta Humala, Isasi added.