This is a machine translation of Aguas Andinas originally press release published in Spanish.
The President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric, with the Minister of Public Works, Juan Carlos García, parliamentarians, mayors, as well as other authorities and executives of Aguas Andinas; the new Cerro Negro-Lo Mena drinking water production wells were inaugurated in the district of San Bernardo. These works concern 14 wells of 300 meters each, equivalent to the height of the Costanera Center, a 20,000 m3 reservoir and a lifting station, key infrastructure to improve the water supply of 400,000 people in four neighborhoods in the south of Santiago. : San Bernardo, Puente Alto, La Pintana and El Bosque.
“We are proud of this public-private collaboration, because together we are improving the quality of life and guaranteeing access to something as important as water for thousands of people in the southern sector of Santiago. I am very happy, because they reflect something that seems to be rare in today’s Chile, it’s optimism… When I see that the private sector and the state are moving forward, when I see that we are talking about an investment of 33 million dollars in construction in record time, job creation In times of a pandemic when it was most needed, we have good things to say in Chile…. J ‘greatly appreciate this work, the public-private effort is remarkable, and it is part of a larger plan, which adds more drinking water solutions,’ said the President of the Republic about the commissioning Wells.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Public Works, Juan Carlos García, stressed that “to face the water crisis there is not just one solution, each solution is relevant for each territorial reality and wells or desalination plants are all measures that must be adopted .. to deal with this water crisis It is very significant that we are in the southern part of the metropolitan area inaugurating infrastructures which will benefit 400,000 people, as this drinking water system will ensure greater water security for residents. I would like to thank Aguas Andinas for carrying out this project.”
For her part, the general manager of Aguas Andinas, Marta Colet, stressed that these wells are essential to better cope with the effects of climate change. “Today we inaugurate one of the most important works of the Aguas Andinas plan to deal with the long drought that Santiago is going through. These new wells will bring a flow of 1,500 l/s to the drinking water network, which will allow us to strengthen the supply of 400,000 people and, on top of that, we will be able to deal with extreme turbidity events in the Maipo River in a much better way, reaching 37 hours of autonomy for the production of drinking water in the face of these phenomena,” he said.
In addition, she added that the infrastructure has state-of-the-art technology: “The wells will operate remotely and automatically to ensure the best service to our customers, strengthening the supply of drinking water in the south of Santiago, in full safety and with stable pressure”. .”
To understand the extent of this work, the T-130 drill was used during its construction, the same model that was used to save the 33 workers of the San José mine. These works in execution represented an investment of approximately 33 billion dollars and, during their construction, they generated more than 300 direct and indirect jobs.
Collaborative work to face the drought
The drinking water production wells of Cerro Negro – Lo Mena are a solution that completes a series of measures that the country’s main water company has developed to combat climate change. However, the chairman of the company’s board of directors, Claudio Muñoz, assured that the fight against drought requires an effort as a society and a profound change in our relationship to water. “A project of this magnitude would not have been possible without joint work between the public and private worlds. Because we have a vision of the future that unites us and calls us to solve the great challenges for the benefit of people,” he said. He also added that there is still a lot to do, “since this path has only just begun and we will only achieve the objectives by working together with the authorities and the citizens”.
Aguas Andinas has a solid plan to invest nearly US$300 million in solutions to address climate change, with several underway. Along with the new Cerro Negro-Lo Mena wells, the modernization and expansion of the new Padre Hurtado plant and the Vitacura Bicentennial Reservoir will soon come into service, as well as various collaborative agreements in the basin to ensure supply in drinking water.
In addition, the environmental services company is developing an essential project to combat water shortage, such as the reuse of purified water that is treated and purified in the Mapocho-Trebal biofactory of Padre Hurtado, evolution of water treatment plants . This solution will increase efficiency and water balance, being a large-scale solution for the metropolitan area.