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Uruguay to expand sewage network and improve drinking water quality

IDB approves financing that will benefit 20,000 people in Ciudad de la Costa

Uruguay will finance an expansion of sanitation network coverage, in an upgrade that will benefit 6,700 homes in the town of Ciudad de la Costa, with a $45 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and $30 million from the China Co-financing Fund for LAC (CHC).The loan will also boost the quality and operational efficiency of drinking water service to 7,000 homes.

The Ciudad de la Costa-Western Zone Sanitation Project will also feature an increase in the sanitation coverage in the western area, the replacement of drinking water networks in the western and central districts of that city and training of public-sector sanitation workers in the operation and maintenance of such systems.

“This project helps achieve the goal of the Integrated Sanitation Plan for Ciudad de la Costa which has been underway since 2009 with support from the IDB, in terms of improving the quality of people’s lives through access to the sanitation network system,” said Tania Páez, project team leader for the IDB.

The project calls for the construction of 100 kilometers of secondary networks and sinks, providing access to sanitation service to 6,700 homes; completing the sewerage grid in the western district of Ciudad de la Costa; building 2.2 kilometers of sink and seven pumping stations; and replacing 120 kilometers of drinking water grid in the western and central areas of the city, improving the quality of service to 7,000 homes. Overall, the project is expected to benefit some 20,000 people.

Sanitation workers of the public company Obras Sanitarias del Estado (OSE) will be trained to ensure adequate operation and maintenance of the sewerage system in Ciudad de la Costa. It includes a waste water treatment plant, an underwater outfall, the pumping station grid and the sewerage networks.

The $75 million loan is made up of $45 million in ordinary capital from the IDB and $30 million from the China Co-Financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean. It is over 25 years, with a five-and-a-half year grace period and an interest rate pegged to the LIBOR.

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