Mexican govt predicts little progress in water infrastructure construction for 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

This year will see very little progress in increasing potable water, sanitation and wastewater treatment coverages in Mexico, according to the government's first annual report.

Potable water coverage is expected to increase to 92.3% by year-end, against 92% in 2012, while sanitation coverage will increase just 0.4% from 90.5% in 2012.

The marginal increases will result solely from rises in rural coverage levels.

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Wastewater treatment levels increased from 47.5% in 2012 to 48.3% as at June 2013 and, by year-end, the government expects to have completed construction of 14 wastewater treatment plants.

Despite repeated calls from the national water commission, Conagua, to restart operations of the hundreds of wastewater treatment plants currently out of action, the report states that some 452 plants will remain out of operations by year-end, the same level as 2012.

Campeche state has the lowest wastewater treatment coverage, with just 147l/s treated as against the 10,623l/s treated in Nuevo Leon state.

President Enrique Peña Nieto has pledged to increase potable water coverage from 92% to 94%, sanitation coverage from 90.5% to 93% and wastewater treatment levels from 47.5% to 70% by the end of the administration in 2018.

The government expects to spend a total 40.2bn pesos (US$3bn)on the development, conservation and operation of water infrastructure this year, down from 49.5bn pesos in 2012.

Antonio Fernández, Conagua director of potable water, sanitation studies and projects, previously told BNamericas that the government plans to invest an annual average of 42bn pesos in water infrastructure.