Untreated wastewater caused "enormous deterioration" of Pátzcuaro lake

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Friday, August 5, 2011

The dumping of untreated wastewater and garbage into Mexico's Pátzacuaro lake in Michoacán state has caused its "enormous deterioration," President Felipe Calderón said at a press conference.

The federal government plans to invest 150mn pesos (US$12.5mn) in the construction of wastewater treatment plants to clean up the lake, Calderón said during a visit to Michoacán.

The federal, state and municipal governments have invested 272mn pesos over the last four years in attempts to rescue the lake; however, its condition has continued to deteriorate.

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The government now plans to invest over 500mn pesos in the lake during the next two years. Remediation works include construction of wastewater treatment plants at a cost of 150mn pesos and 300mn pesos for dredging.

Another 150mn pesos has been earmarked for reforestation work around the lake. Excessive logging has killed off a good part of the flora and fauna historically found in the area and reducing the water levels.