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PRASA puts $77 million in infrastructure projects out to bid

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 Sunday that during September, PRASA put 11 new projects out to bid whose total investment amounts to $77 million.

“We are working with a sense of urgency to accelerate and carry out all the necessary infrastructure projects so that we can translate the federal funds that we have within our reach into [public] works,” Pierluisi said in a press release. “PRASA has managed to direct and begin large-scale projects that will result in a better quality of life for our people.”

Regarding the million-dollar allocation, Pagán Crespo said that “with the initiation of this process, PRASA reaffirms its commitment to improving the infrastructure for the benefit of the service it provides to all its clients.”

“We will continue to actively identify funds to help us conduct permanent works and update our facilities throughout Puerto Rico,” she said.

Among the projects in the bidding process are the rehabilitation of the Camuy-Arecibo sanitary trunk sewer, the dredging of the lagoons at the Montaña filter plant in Aguadilla and the replacement of potable water pipes along PR-127 in Yauco. Also included is the rehabilitation of the Los Ángeles and Loíza Pueblo sanitary trunk sewers in Loíza and the rebuilding of structures at the sanitary sewer plant in Guánica, among others, Pagán Crespo said.

“Likewise, this bidding process includes improvements to the Palmarito and Eneas distribution systems in San Sebastián and the El Cuco sector in Manatí,” the PRASA official added. “I want to thank the entire PRASA work team, especially the Infrastructure Department, for their tireless work in developing these projects that are so important to Puerto Rico.”

As part of its Capital Improvements Program, PRASA continues to identify funds to help rehabilitate infrastructure. The appropriations for the projects contain funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, as well as PRASA’s own funds.United States Environmental Protection Agency.

All the infrastructure projects are aligned with the governor’s public policy, which includes the development of permanent and forward-looking works for the benefit of all Puerto Ricans, Pierluisi said.

Pagán Crespo, meanwhile, reminded clients that, if they need additional information, they can contact the Customer Service Telephone Center during regular business hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p. m. at 787-620-2482 or at 787-751-8125 for people with hearing disabilities. They can also stay informed with PRASA press releases by accessing from their computer or mobile device or by following the @acueductospr account on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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