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ASA announces project to harness wastewater and “harvest” rainwater



Chair of the ASA on the Parliamentary Health Committee.  /DEM

Chair of the ASA on the Parliamentary Health Committee. /DEM

Jorge Castaneda, head of El Salvador’s Water Authority (ASA), has promised to replicate the Bionova SV project on a larger scale in cities with methane-producing sewage treatment plants.

The Bionova SV project aims to reduce the amount of water used for flushing, transform waste and utilize the gas produced by a biodigester, which is ultimately used as cooking fuel. is.

He explained that instead of using 18 500-milliliter bottles, the system uses only four for download.

“This has a technology with a 10-year lifespan to harness energy and nutrients, and we intend to do this at scale in cities and wastewater treatment plants. It’s a change. “In the sanitary environment in El Salvador,” he told the Legislative Assembly’s Health Committee.

Rainwater harvesting.

ASA presented other projects, including identifying aquifer recharge zones in the country and the possibility for ranchers to use water from reservoirs. “The bidding process has begun and we hope to start the project in a short period of time,” Castaneda said, explaining that the water will be extracted “under the ground” rather than in “huakales” or “piles.”

The “Restoration of Rainwater Harvesting Systems and Productive Ecosystems in the Eastern Region” project, which aims to “improve productivity in marginalized and poor regions”, will cost $30 million, according to the presentation. About.

The official said ASA is also working on a project to harness water from Oromega Lagoon, which will alleviate flooding in the San Miguel River and generate electrical energy. This will be his 5 year project costing him $150 million.

He also reported on a $50 million project to maintain productivity with agricultural power generation systems.

Source: Diario Elmundo

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