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.
The capital has some 1.3 million residents.