BECC to approve US$5mn Baja California sewerage work by June

Monday, February 28, 2011

The US-Mexico Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) expects to submit two sewerage projects to its board of directors for approval in April, a BECC communications official told BNamericas.

The two projects, which are located in Baja California's Tijuana city, will have a total cost of some US$4.85mn and are currently in the public consultation phase.

The approval process can take 30-60 days, so the initiative should be authorized by June, with financing from the North American Development Bank (NADB), the official said in an email.

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The first project involves building a sewerage system in the Colonia Alcatraces district, some 13.5km from the US border. Work includes installing 733 domestic connections, 8.65km of sewerage pipeline and 1.47km of sub-collectors to transfer sewage to the Rosarito Norte wastewater treatment plant.

Playas de Rosarito, about 20km from the US border, will also be connected to the Rosarito Norte wastewater treatment plant with construction of a system including 31km of sewerage pipeline and 2.33km of sub-collectors. Work also involves installing 3,054 domestic connections.

BECC is scheduled to begin the tender for construction of both projects in March 2012. Construction is scheduled to begin in June of the same year and reach completion by end-December 2012.