The Andean Development Corporation (CAF) and Peru’s state water utility Sedapal have signed an agreement to start a pilot project at the Carapongo wastewater treatment plant, in Lima’s Ate Vitarte district. [...] Sedapal has bought equipment to burn the methane gas that is produced at the facility. CAF will assist with studies related to the sale of carbon bonds, generated by the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The entity will also try to identify potential buyers for the carbon bonds [...] under the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism [CDM] or other markets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The sale of carbon bonds would help to finance the project
Source: BNamericas [subscription site], 16 Apr 2009
Such is the observation made by “Alternative Pro-poor Sanitation Solutions in Peru” (APSS), despite the numerous sanitation investments of the last few years for families, especially the poorest ones. The program supported by the Foundation Ensemble and undertaken in collaboration with the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) begins with this fact to act simultaneously on supply and demand. On the one side, awareness actions are undertaken to explain the challenges and opportunities of sanitation, and stimulate demand. Access to credit is facilitated. On the other side, activities focus on developing the supply locally, engage institutions and suppliers, and provide them with the means of meeting the evolving demand. Overall, five pilot zones are being studied, and the results are already encouraging.
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Source: Fondation Ensemble newsletter, no. 11, Apr 2009
Peru’s state water and sewerage utility Sedapal, serving Lima and neighboring Callao, will sign an agreement with the Pueblo Libre district to build a wastewater treatment plant [that will] irrigate the district’s green areas with treated water instead of polluted water from the Surco river.
“Pueblo Libre will be the first ecological district in the city and its parks and gardens will be 100% watered by treated water,” [utility president Guillermo León said].
Source: BNamericas [subscription site], 27 Jan 2009
Approximately 1,200 people attended the opening ceremony of the First Peruvian Conference on Sanitation, PERUSAN 2008. The conference, “Proposals for Sustainable Sanitation,” is an initiative led by the Ministry of Housing, Construction, and Sanitation, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of the Environment. The international cooperation agencies forming part of the Grupo Agua support this initiative through proposals for specific sanitation activities.
Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation Enrique Cornejo, Environmental Minister Antonio Brack, and Health Minister Oscar Ugarte led the opening ceremony.
During the ceremony, the housing minister reported that US$2.5 billion had been invested in water and sanitation projects nationwide. “Sanitation means dignity for individuals and families,” he said.
PERUSAN 2008 was held in Lima from 25-27 November.
Official Conference Website
Source: WSP, 03 Dec 2008
Peru’s government has declared a 60-day state of emergency in the sewerage system in capital Lima and neighboring Callao, to speed up repairs and new construction works. The executive decree will allow the La Perla pipeline to start operations, in spite of the local population’s protests; works to stabilise the retaining walls of the San Miguel pipeline; works to reduce the smell of the sewage; and once La Perla is working, authorities will close the interceptor norte pipeline for repairs. Additional works will include construction of a jetty to guide an underwater pipeline that will connect the San Miguel and La Perla ducts. The wastewater will receive biological pre-treatment before its disposal on the coast.
The emergency situation in Lima’s sewerage network was provoked by state-owned water utility Sedapal‘s inability to prevent the collapse of the Costanero sewage pipeline, in San Miguel district, in February 2008. The pipeline channels sewage from almost 24 districts in Lima and, since its collapse, the sewage is being dumped directly onto the beach. Sedapal has been accused of poor management by spending money on badly planned new wastewater projects and did not investing in improving the treatment plants that were already in operation.
Earlier, the president of national environmental council Conam, Manuel Bernales, said that a remediation plan to solve the pollution of Lima’s coastal waters by untreated wastewater, required an investment of about US$ 1 billion. The plan would be based on the wastewater treatment and reuse of part of the treated effluent to irrigate public areas.
Sources: BNamericas (subscription site), 21 Apr 2008 ; BNamericas, 18 Apr 2008 ; Living in Peru, 21 Apr 2008
Industries in Peru will have to accommodate environmental standards for wastewater treatment set by developed countries, otherwise they cannot export their products, said José Salazar, president of Sunass, the national water authority. To comply with the free trade agreement with the USA, Peru also needs to raise industrial water use rates. A study on water rate revision must be ready by the end of 2008.
Source: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 1 Apr 2008