US$400 MILLION AQUEDUCT PROJECT.
The Municipal Water Agency EMPAGUA recently announced that the
French company SOGREAH has initiated preliminary investigations to
transport water resources in the north-west region of Guatemala to
supply the capital city:
The project will consist in collecting the water from the Cuilco
River close to the Mexican border and transporting it through the
highlands to the capital city by means of a pipeline. It will consist
of a 100 kilometer aqueduct which will provide 8,000 liters of water
volume per second to Guatemala City and the nearby towns. It will
include the construction of tunnels (7.5 mts. diameter), siphons,
pumping stations and penstocks; Once completed, the project will be
connected to the existent Xaya-Pixcaya water system, which already
supplies water to the capital city. This project (estimated cost: US$400
million) should guarantee the water supply through the year 2010.
Details: Ing. Carlos Quezada, Gerente, Empresa Municipal de Agua
(EMPAGUA), 21 Calle 6-77, Zona 1, Edif. de la Municipalidad, Nivel 3,
Centro Civico, 01001 Guatemala. Tel. (502) 332-2508; (502) 253-1711.
Fax: (502) 253-1711. U.S. firms may also contact: Sr. Industry Trade
Specialist Raul Villagran, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service,
Guatemala. Tel. (502) 331-1541, Ext. 4258. Fax: (502 331-7373.