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BECC and NADB begin the development of a Water System Infrastructure Project in Matamoros

Posted on April 03, 2014

BECC and NADB begin the development of a Water System Infrastructure Project in Matamoros

The Mayor of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Norma Leticia Salazar, was recently notified by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission that the application for the project entitled "Construction of a Water System for Unserved Areas and Rehabilitation of Water Treatment Plant No. 2" which was submitted for consideration in the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 (FY11-12) Prioritization Process under the Border Environmental Infrastructure Fund (BEIF) and the Project Assistance Development Program (PDAP), has been selected to receive Technical Assistance funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) U.S.-Mexico Border Program.

On March 25th, the two organizations began the project development and certification process by announcing the approval of technical assistance funding made available by throug the PDAP. The above took place during a meeting presided over by the Mayor and attended by representatives of CONAGUA, the Tamaulipas State Water Commission (CEAT), the North American Development Bank (NADB), BECC, and other Matamoros officials.   

During an interview, Mayor Salazar said she is "very happy to welcome the BECC and NADB staff, as they are bringing great news about projects that have been anticipated for years in Matamoros." She highlighted the importance of this potential funding for a major project that will allow the community "to expand the water treatment plant as required by the Junta de Agua y Drenaje de Matamoros utility (JAD) and to serve colonias that currently lack drinking water, a project that will ultimately benefit many Matamoros residents." 

The General Manager of the Matamoros Utility (JAD de Matamoros), Guillermo Jesus Nieves, said he is delighted that the city of Matamoros qualified for the water system expansion project to serve underprivileged areas that currently lack this vital resource.  He said this project is of great importance, as "it will allow us to expand the water system and rehabilitate Water Treatment Plant No. 2." Additionally, "we will be able to Access technical assistance resources provided by the EPA through BECC." 

He said, "the fact that they have come to visit us and explain the process is significant, and we are more than willing to comply with all the requirements. Should we meet all of them, and I'm sure we will, most of the residents will benefit from the introduction of water to the 12 colonias that still don't have this type of service." 

 BECC Program Manager Laureano Alvarez said this project will enable Matamoros to address the backlog that currently exists in areas that are lacking drinking water services, which are provided by tank trucks owned by private companies. Additional treatment capacity is also required to meet the water needs of these sectors of the city." He said "this project proposes the expansion of the water system to 12 unserved colonias and the rehabilitation and expansion of Water Treatment Plant No. 2 to achieve a treatment capacity of up to 1,000 liters per second."




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