Honduran national water authority Sanaa is replacing 1,500km of damaged pipelines with a donation from the Spanish government, Sanaa spokesperson Allan Aragón told BNamericas. The initiative has a budget of 14mn lempiras (US$735,702) and will be carried out in two neighbourhoods in capital Tegucigalpa. Sanaa is also carrying out key initiatives to improve Tegucigalpa’s water network with a US$40mn donation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Read full article on: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 09 Apr 2010
Guatemala will start using a new technology platform to research and identify damaged water basins via satellite imagery. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated US$4mn to develop the necessary studies, while the country’s environment and natural resources ministry (Marn) invested an additional US$600,000.
Read the full article on: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 11 Dec 2009
Peruvian authorities and representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) were scheduled to meet on [14 July 2009] in Piura region to start the first phase of an institutional strengthening program for water and sanitation management, government news agency Andina reported.
The program is part of a technical cooperation agreement signed between the Japanese government and the ministry of housing, construction and sanitation.
JICA donated US$3mn for the four-year program which aims to improve water and sanitation management in rural areas and in small towns in the northern regions of Piura and Lambayeque. The initiative will also strengthen the institutional capacity of committees, administrative councils and municipalities, which are in charge of managing, operating and maintaining water supply and sanitation services.
Source: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 14 Jul 2009
Chilean natural gas distributor Metrogas and water utility Aguas Andinas started up operations at the country’s first biogas plant installed at the Farfana water treatment complex on the outskirts of Santiago. The plant will produce 24Mm3/y of biogas and replace about 14Mm3/y of natural gas. “This is the only place in the world where biogas produced by a water treatment facility ends up being used directly in homes,” Metrogas president Matías Pérez Cruz said, adding that the biogas plant is the largest in South America. Investment in the project totaled 3bn pesos (US$5.3mn).
Source: BNamericas [subscription site], 14 May 2009
Meanwhile in Brazil, officials from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Paraná state water utility Sanepar [have met] to discuss projects to expand power generation sewage treatment plants. [...] Since 2008, Sanepar has been producing electric power from its [Ouro Verde sewage treatment plant in Foz do Iguaçu]. The plant produces energy for its own operations and the surplus is sold to power company Copel. [Sanepar wants to] extend the successful experience of Foz do Iguaçu to all [its] sewage treatment plants.
Source: BNamericas [subscription site], 25 May 2009
Japan has donated US$13mn to Bolivia’s Cochabamba city to carry out a potable water projec to expand the Aranjuez treatment plant, install pumps and build the main distribution network in the southeastern zone of the city. Potable water coverage currently stands at 48% in Cochabamba city [and] potable water and sewerage utility Semapa [Servicio Municipal de Agua Potable de Cochabamba] [...] aims to increase potable water coverage to 83% by 2012 and 95% by 2027.
A JICA mission arrived in Bolivia in the last week of November 2009 to work out the final details of the project, which will be carried out by Japanese firms.
Earlier, Bolivia’s environment and water ministry announced a [US$10mn] emergency plan to rehabilitate Semapa. [...] A US$4.6mn initiative to expand coverage is already underway with funding from the EU and a national government program. [I]in October or November , a US$5mn project being funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will start up. The southern community water systems association Asicasur is also contributing US$1mn for projects. [...] By December 2010, works should begin to supply potable water to 50,000 inhabitants and sewerage services to 35,000.
Source: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 29 May 2009 ; BNamericas.com, 08 May 2009 ; BNamericas.com [subscription site], 30 Nov 2009
São Paulo state water utility Sabesp has started to implement its 10-year program to monitor and control water losses, budgeted at over 3bn reais (US$1.37bn) [...] in partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The technical cooperation agreement involves an exchange of experience and technology between Japanese specialists and Sabesp technicians.
[...] The program has four stages. National development bank BNDES will finance 700mn reais for the first stage which runs from 2009-11. [...] It will take at least 15 years to cut water loss volume in half, according to JICA engineer Masahiro Shimomura.
Japan’s 7% water loss rate is one of the lowest in the world, according to Shimomura, who said that it took 50 years to achieve this and an almost incalculable investment, “much more than billions of dollars.”
[...] In São Paulo state, the city of Jales is currently the best performer with an 8% water loss [while] Sabesp’s water losses are at 27.7% [and] the national average is 40%. [Sabesp] expects to reduce [losses] to 13% by the end of the program.
In 2007, Sabesp and JICA signed a US$2.4mn agreement to prepare for the implementation of the project. JICA donated US$1.5mn for equipment and materials, while Sabesp invested US$900,000 to train its technicians in Japanese technology and work practices.
Source: Daniel Bland, BNamericas [subscription site], 15 Apr 2009
El Salvador‘s national aqueduct and sewerage authority Anda will invest US$4.4mn to carry out a nationwide program to reduce water losses in the system, president Sigisfredo Ochoa told [news agency] BNamericas. The financing was provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). “The main objective of the program is to minimize the percentage of unbilled water [currently 30%] across our entire potable water distribution system,” Ochoa said.
Ochoa said [the] high percentage of water losses [was due] to leaks in the network and [...] delinquent accounts [through] illegal connections. [...] Another important factor in the equation is Anda’s energy consumption, which uses water to produce electricity to operate the system, Ochoa said. This water cannot be billed as it is for internal operations.
Source: Renzo Dasso, BNamericas [subscription site], 23 Feb 2009
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) will invest US$3.5mn in the second phase of the water is life and health program in the rural areas of La Paz department. The project includes the use of groundwater in the rural areas of the Altiplano Sur region, in an effort to guarantee sustainable water supply.
Source: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 24 Jun 2008