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Pact for $32.1 million signed with EPA for wastewater infrastructure

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority Executive President Doriel Pagán Crespo

By John McPhaul

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Executive President Doriel Pagán Crespo announced on Tuesday the signing of a collaborative agreement that will make available $32.1 million from the State Revolving Fund of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The agreement is with the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) and the Infrastructure Financing Authority (AFI by its Spanish initials), which are the administrators of the EPA funds received. Of the $32.1 million, $8.3 million is in the form of a grant and the remainder a loan of $23.8 million over 30 years with an annual interest of 1 percent.

“The preservation of natural resources and the protection of the environment is a priority in my administration and that has been more than demonstrated,” the governor in a written statement. “With the signing of this important Agreement between the PRASA, the DNER and AFI, we guarantee the continuity of projects for the modernization of multiple sanitary sewerage facilities throughout the island. These works will represent an economic injection for the construction sector at the local level.”

Pagán Crespo added that “thanks to the interagency collaboration with the AFI and the DNER, we will be able to maintain the continuity of various projects that are of great importance to the island.”

“Likewise, with these funds protection of the environment is guaranteed at a time when the preservation of our natural resources is of vital importance,” the PRASA chief said.

Among the projects that will benefit from the allocation are: improvements to the tertiary filters of the sewerage plant in Aibonito, improvements to the Arroyo sewerage station, completion of the improvements to the Bayamón sewerage plant phase I, completion of improvements to the Corozal sewerage plant, elimination of the Río Grande Estates sewerage plant, completion of the Las Croabas sanitary system in Fajardo, a new sanitary trunk in Dorado and completion of relocation of the sanitary trunk in PR-111 and La PR-125, among other projects.

“The main objective is to provide financing for infrastructure projects aimed at improving water quality,” DNER Secretary Rafael Machargo Maldonado said. “These 21 PRASA projects will benefit over 1.5 million people in 20 municipalities.”

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