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The Board of Directors toured Juarez to recognize the scope of the urban mobility project and other infrastructure needs

Posted on July 26, 2012

The Board of Directors toured Juarez to recognize the scope of the urban mobility project and other infrastructure needs

On July 16, prior to holding their private and public meetings, the Board of Directors of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and North American Development Bank (NADB) took advantage of their visit to Juarez to take a three-hour tour through selected areas of the city.

The purpose of the tour was to show participants the urban needs of this dynamic city where the maquiladora program began. The Board toured most of the road circuit, whereby directors could appreciate the dimensions of the urban mobility project that was in the pipeline for approval the following day.

The tour started very close to the BECC offices, with a first stop at the corner of Blvd. Juan Pablo II and Avenida de las Industrias in the northern end of the Miguel de la Madrid Avenue, which was later visited at its southern junction with Avenida de las Industrias, which is under construction.

The directors were then led to Avenida Teofilo Borunda, so they could see firsthand the works that Conagua is carrying out at the 2 A Drain, which is part of the project.

From this place they went to another part of the road circuit in the southwestern part of the city called the Camino Real. On one side of this road, at the Rosa de los Vientos (Wind Rose) Viewpoint, they were able to appreciate the size of the city and the magnitude of the project that proposes the implementation of 15 roadways and 6 vehicle overpasses.

Subsequently, they visited the Anapra Wastewater Treatment Plant in southwest Juarez, next to the boundary with the United States and across from Sunland Park, New Mexico.

This plant was built using funding from the Border Environmental Infrastructure Fund (BEIF) and a combination of resources from Mexico’s National Water Commission and the government of Chihuahua, as well as a NADB loan, for a total cost of US $6.2 million. The project was certified in October 2006 and began operations in April 2010.

The directors were able to admire a beautiful landscape of the Sierra de Juarez and observed a project that benefits one of the most underprivileged communities in Juarez. Something that caught their attention is the fact that the area uses solar lamps for lighting.

At the WWTP offices, Dr. Rene Franco, a consultant to the local utility –Junta Municipal de Agua y Saneamiento (JMAS),– which operates the plant, emphasized the importance of updating the Water and Wastewater Master Plan, which includes the analysis of current and potential water supply sources (such as the use of Rio Grande water under the 1906 Water Treaty as first use water), the conditions of sewers and wastewater collection lines, the status of wastewater treatment and reuse, energy efficiency, and alternative energy use.

JMAS Technical Director Manuel Herrera spoke of the various projects that the utility is working on, such as the water treatment plant for Rio Grande waters, with capacity for 1 cubic meter per second; a 25 liters-per-second expansion to the Laguna de Patos treatment plant in the city’s southeastern maquiladora area; upgrading 5 liters per second in this plant to tertiary treatment for reinjection into the aquifer, and providing new water connections to 6,040 households in the city’s northwest area that currently obtain their supply from tank trucks.

The tour ended at the BECC offices, where the visitors were presented with the photovoltaic system that supplies 30% of the facility’s electricity needs. The two photovoltaic panels have a capacity of 16.8 kilowatts and the savings realized to date, since the panels began operating in 2010, exceed US $5,000.

Deputy General Manager explains to the Board the Urban Mobility project in the tour of July 16th.Participants in the tour included Board Chair Karen Mathiesen, Director of the Office of Multilateral Development Banks at the U.S. Treasury Department; Rachael Poynter, U.S.-Mexico Border Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State; Jane Nishida, Director of International Affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Vanessa Rubio, Head of the International Affairs Unit of the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit; Jorge Alberto Mendoza, Deputy General Director of the International Affairs Unit of the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit; Armando Yáñez, Deputy General Director of the International Affairs at the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources; and Geetha Ramani of the U.S. Treasury Department. From the BECC, in addition to General Manager Maria Elena Giner and Deputy General Manager José Mario Sánchez Soledad, the group included Mario Vázquez, Marco Antonio Granados, and Gonzalo Bravo. On behalf of the City of Juarez, Public Works Director Arcadio Serrano provided an explanation of the route and the proposed projects, along with the Deputy General Manager, José Mario Sánchez Soledad. On behalf of the NADB, participants included Deputy Managing Director, Alex Hinojosa José Ruiz, Arturo Ruiz, and Dean Hall.




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