Water sector improvements to total US$56mn this year

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Dominican Republic's water sector will invest an estimated 2.12bn pesos (US$56.1mn) during 2011 in projects to improve potable water and sewerage, paper El Día reported.

Upcoming projects will include sewerage works in San Francisco de Macorís, a water supply project in Cevicos, a wastewater treatment plant in Guaymate and the Villa Bao potable water pipeline in Santiago.

One of the sector's main challenges is to correct the problem of leaks in water and sewerage systems in capital Santo Domingo and the surrounding metropolitan area, the director of local water utility Caasd, Freddy Pérez, said at a meeting of sector experts.

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The Dominican Republic currently has a 70% potable water loss rate due to leaks in pipelines, illegal connections and users who fail to pay for the service, said Hamlet Otáñez, head of Santiago province utility Coraasan.