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State of the island’s water infrastructure is focus of forum

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 participated on Wednesday in the State of the Infrastructure event presented by PRASA and its Capital Improvements Program, and co-organized by the agency and the Puerto Rico Water and the Environment Association (PRWEA).

“Through the Capital Improvements Program, we will promote our priority as a government to improve critical infrastructure and serve it through modern and efficient construction that provides first-rate drinking water service for all Puerto Ricans,” the governor said at a press conference. “By being part of these events, we guarantee that professionals trained for this type of development know about our projects and are motivated to join Puerto Rico’s reconstruction efforts.”

Professionals and representatives of agencies related to the construction of essential island infrastructure participated in the meeting.

The objective of the seminar was to present and explain the implementation and reconstruction processes in the Capital Improvements Program, the efforts made so far, as well as a summary of annual and future projects, with details of the construction costs and each of its phases.

As part of the event, the governor gave a presentation on the development of vital infrastructure for Puerto Rico, while Pagán Crespo offered a workshop on rebuilding PRASA’s system.

PRWEA is a non-profit organization that seeks to inform the public about the areas of design, construction, operation and management of utilities that provide water service.

For her part, Pagán Crespo stressed that “through this seminar, PRASA reaffirms its commitment to maintain the highest standards regarding the reconstruction of the systems, always ensuring water quality, in compliance with current regulations and committed to environmental protection.”

“In this way, we also promote and support the educational process of engineering professionals and other professionals involved in such important work,” she added.

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