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First Public Meeting held for the Camargo Wastewater Collection and Treatment Project

Posted on May 07, 2018

First Public Meeting held for the  Camargo Wastewater Collection and Treatment Project

A public meeting was held on April 24th to inform the public about the development of a new wastewater collection and treatment project for the community of Camargo, Tamaulipas. The public meeting is part of the certification process that projects must undergo in order to be considered for financing from the North American Development Bank (NADB).

Mayor Edelmira García Delgado said: “We are very happy to have had the presentation of this project.” She recognized the institutional involvement of various state and federal agencies, the NADB, the International Boundary and Water Commission and the local water utility. She underscored that the concept “has been under development for several years and now we are only seven months away from seeing this major project crystallized and we know that it will be of great benefit to our communities, particularly for Camargo, as it will result in a clean and healthy municipality for our people.”

The proposed project consists of the installation of a wastewater collection system in the unserved areas of La Mision and El Sauz; the replacement of a pumping station, collector, and sewer main, and the construction of a 25-liters per second (lps) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Additionally, the project proposes the construction of 347 new residential connections and the dismantling of existing septic tanks.

Erick Salvador Reyes-Castro, Manager of COMAPA-Camargo, said: “We have the great satisfaction that... the Camargo community understood and accepted the project.” According to the official, the benefit will be apparent when “residents will no longer have to have septic tanks in their homes and are able to save on maintenance costs. This realization has contributed to the successful acceptance of these projects.” He insisted that “the community understands that a small expense will be incurred when they connect to the wastewater collection system, but the resulting benefit will be much greater.”

The cost of the project is estimated at US $3.4 million and its financing includes a US $2.5 million grant provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Border Environmental Infrastructure Fund administered by NADB.

NADB Project Manager Carlos Acevedo stated that “with these projects, which will benefit 8,819 residents, we intend to serve sectors that currently lack wastewater collection services, eliminate untreated wastewater discharges and, in general, improve the quality of discharges to receiving bodies. These projects also contribute to improve human health conditions by reducing waterborne diseases.”

During the Public Meeting held in the conference room of the local chapter of the National Chamber of Commerce, the NADB representative explained the project scope and informed attendees that, as of November 10, the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and the NADB have formally merged into a single institution for the development and financing of sustainable environmental infrastructure in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

In an interview, resident Elvira Lopez said that she attended this public meeting “to express her acceptance and appreciation for the projects that have been under development for more than eight years and that the local public is eagerly anticipating.”

Emma Gonzalez Villarreal, resident of the Rancherias village, said in an interview that the is “already enjoying the newly expanded wastewater collection system in Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas, which came to replace the residential septic tanks that were so difficult and hazardous to maintain.”

Finally, Miguel Reyna-García from the Beulah subdivision, highlighted the benefits of these wastewater collection and treatment projects. He said that in his neighborhood, “as a result of these developments, they will be able to eliminate septic tanks, which have been in recent decades, a source of infection due to the conditions of the ground and seepage to water tables adjacent to the community.”




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