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Peru Projects to Boost Lima’s Sewage Treatment to 100%

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Lima will treat 100 percent of the wastewater produced in the capital city by 2015 compared with 16 percent now as two plants enter operation, Peru Housing, Construction and Sanitation Minister Rene Cornejo said.

Sewage treatment will jump to 75 percent next year as the Taboada plant by Spain’s Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA that started this week increases processing, Cornejo said today in an interview with Lima’s Radio Programas.

The La Chira plant, to be built by Acciona SA’s Acciona Agua water unit and Peru’s Grana y Montero SA, will be ready by the end of 2015 and will process 25 percent of the city’s wastewater, the minister said.

Most of the sewage produced in Lima, home to more than 8 million people, flows into rivers and the sea without being treated. The government will invest 1 billion soles ($390 million) next year on sanitation and drinking water supplies in the capital, Cornejo also said.

To contact the reporter on this story: John Quigley in Lima at jquigley8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Randall Hackley at rhackley@bloomberg.net

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