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EPA, DNER announce major upgrade of Bayamón water treatment plant

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe

By The Star Staff

In a visit to Puerto Rico on Thursday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe, alongside local authorities, announced a significant investment to improve water infrastructure in Puerto Rico, at the beginning of a major upgrade project at the Bayamón Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The $22.7 million upgrade, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will modernize the facility with advanced technology to ensure the effective treatment of wastewater for the communities served by the second largest wastewater treatment plant in Puerto Rico.

“The modernization […] is not just an upgrade of facilities, it’s an investment in the health and future of over 260,000 residents,” McCabe said.

EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. García added that “EPA’s commitment to safeguarding environmental health spans across the nation, including the vital ecosystems of Puerto Rico.”

“The funding for these enhancements to the Bayamón plant is a testament to our dedication to partnering with local governments to provide communities with reliable and clean water services,” she said.

McCabe and García announced the funding at a ceremony with Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Executive President Doriel Pagán Crespo and Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) Secretary Anaís Rodríguez Vega. The officials gathered at the site of the modernization project, which promises to significantly improve the plant’s operations.

The project, to be administered by the DNER through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, includes the replacement of catwalks and gratings, which provide access for maintenance and inspections, will be replaced. Additionally, six inflow pumps, crucial for water movement within the plant, will be upgraded or replaced. There will also be upgrades to the screening building, the mechanical screens, belt conveyor system and other key parts of the facility.

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