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27 april 2015

Cuba: Inauguration of a water treatment station rehabilitated thanks to the Veolia Foundation and SIAAP

On April 6, the program to renovate the wastewater treatment station of the Rio Ariguanabo basin, near Havana, completed another step. Thanks to the grant from the Veolia Foundation and SIAAP (Syndicat interdépartemental d'assainissement de l'agglomération parisienne), the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH) of Cuba, owner of the project, inaugurated a renovated water treatment station at Bejucal.

Led by representatives of Cuba Cooperation France, the nonprofit operating the project, the ceremony was attended by the French Ambassador to Cuba, Jean-Marie Bruno, the president of the Interdepartmental Sanitation Syndicate of the Paris uban area (SIAAP), Maurice Ouzoulias, and thedeputy general manager of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, Patrick Barabalat.

Since 2010, SIAAP and the Foundation have together assumed the financing of the project to prevent thepollution of the Rio Ariguanabo catchment basin, whose aquifer supplies drinking water to part of Havana (more than 280,000 inhabitants of the western districts).

The program is based on many objectives, two of which have been achieved: the rehabilitation of the Bejucal station; and the creation of a network of real time warning measurements to guarantee the management and operation of the water resources of the Ariguanabo basin. The third step is to rehabilitate the wastewater collection network at Las Margaritas.


PROJECT SUPPORTED

Humanitarian and Development | Cuba | 2010/03/15
SIAAP (Syndicat interdépartemental d'assainissement de l'agglomération parisienne)
Rehabilitation of a wastewater treatment plant and sanitation systems to secure the wastewater collection in Havana.