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Gov’t inaugurates overhauled Río Grande sanitary system

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority Executive President Doriel Pagán Crespo and Gov. Pedro Pierluisi inaugurated the new Palmer Pumping Station in Río Grande on Monday. (Gov. Pedro Pierluisi/Facebook)

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Executive President Doriel Pagán Crespo announced on Monday the completion of improvements to the Río Grande sanitary system.

The work involved an approximate investment of $13.8 million from United States Clean Water Revolving Funds and PRASA’s own funds.

“We are back here in the eastern zone to reaffirm my administration’s commitment to our residents of the municipality of Río Grande and surrounding towns. We are here to inaugurate the new Palmer Pumping Station, a comprehensive sanitary infrastructure project for which we broke ground together in 2022,” the governor said. “Communities have been waiting for a long time for this work since the renewal of this sewer system is key to adequately providing that essential service. This project will benefit more than 10,800 people in the municipality of Río Grande and includes a total investment of $13.8 million that has been financed by the State Revolving Fund and with funds from the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority.”

The project entailed, first, the demolition and removal of the Río Grande Estates Sanitary Sewer Plant, and the construction of a new sanitary sewer pumping station at those facilities. An over 4,600-meter-long pipeline was also installed from that pumping station to the new facilities, in which the old pumping station was eliminated and the New Palmer Pumping Station was built.

The PRASA chief thanked the governor for supporting more than 200 currently active PRASA projects.

Río Grande Mayor Ángel “Bori” González Damudt noted meanwhile that “after years of waiting, we finally inaugurated the treatment plant at Río Grande Estates, which for a long time was not complying with regulations.”

“This initiative marks a crucial milestone in improving the quality of life of our […] citizens,” the mayor said. “The project will not only benefit our residents, but will also have a positive impact on neighboring communities connected to the system through a line that runs from Palmer to Fajardo.”

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