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US$400 MILLION AQUEDUCT PROJECT.



The Municipal Water Agency EMPAGUA EMPAGUA Empresa Municipal de Agua (Guatemala)  recently announced that the French company SOGREAH SOGREAH SOciete GRenobloise d'Etudes et d'Application Hydrauliques  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 aqueduct (ăk`wədŭkt) [Lat.,=conveyor of water], channel or trough built to convey water, chiefly for providing a densely populated region with a supply of freshwater.  which will provide 8,000 liters of water volume per second to Guatemala City Guatemala City

City (pop., 1994: city, 823,301; 1999 est.: metro area, 3,119,000), capital of Guatemala. The largest city in Central America, it lies in the central highlands at an elevation of about 4,900 ft (1,490 m).
 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 ex·is·tent  
adj.
1. Having life or being; existing. See Synonyms at real1.

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One that exists.

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 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.
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