Dorado mayor asks Pierluisi to keep PRASA chief

By The Star Staff

Dorado Mayor Carlos López called upon Pedro Pierluisi, who has the majority of the votes counted so far to become governor, to keep Doriel Pagán Crespo and her team at the helm of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA).

“This board has operated well. Although I belong to a different party, I support keeping the team at PRASA,” López said, calling Pagán “a committed” public servant who works with everybody regardless of political colors.

Pagán was named to the position by outgoing Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced.

Pierluisi, who has been preliminarily certified as governor, said publicly that all agency heads working under Vázquez’s administration who wish to work for him must let him know.

However, they will be evaluated along with other candidates for positions.

López made his remarks at a news conference in which Pagán announced a project to rebuild the sanitary system in the municipality of Dorado.

“The work aims to improve environmental compliance and increase the capacity of the existing sanitary system, which will allow the connection of new developments in the Municipality of Dorado,” she said. “A new trunk will be built at the Dorado Sanitary Sewer Plant, a pumping and pre-treatment station at the entrance of the plant. In addition, the project includes the construction of sanitary laterals that will allow the elimination of two pumping stations.”

The construction cost for the project is $23 million with an estimated total investment of $ 32.6 million, Pagán said.

The funding comes from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funds.

The improvements will benefit 21,108 clients. The design includes plant changes to relocate pretreatment units to a new closed building to reduce foul odors. Pagán also made a point of emphasizing that the project will eliminate capacity problems in the Quintas de Dorado urbanization.

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