Empagua to launch computerized water system

Friday, November 21, 2003

The water utility of capital Guatemala City (Empagua) will launch in two weeks operation of computerized equipment to detect leaks and illegal connections to the city's drinking-water distribution system, the Prensa Libre reported.

The equipment cost some 1mn quetzals (US$128,000), but the utility plans to invest a total 12mn quetzals (US$1.5mn) for works in 2004.

Empagua loses 300,000 l/s of water due to leaks and illegal connections. City zones ones 1,2,3,5 and 6 have more leaks, while 11, 12 and 18 have more illegal connections, the paper added.

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The capital has some 1.3 million residents.