Four plans to clean urban rivers in El Salvador to cost $300 million

The implementation of a Rescue Plan for urban rivers will require investment of 300 million dollars. The plan was explained by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), Lina Pohl, during a presentation on the evaluation of the emergency response to the shortage of drinking water in the greater San Salvador area.

The environmental authority said four water treatment plants would be built to clean up the rivers of three major cities: San Salvador, Santa Ana and San Miguel.

Two plants will be built in the main tributaries of Acelhuate: River Tomayate and Las Canas , the latter also known as Sumpa; a third in the Suquiapa River in Santa Ana and a fourth in Rio Grande de San Miguel.

The government of El Salvador will fund the treatment plant construction plan, with British government collaborating through the provision of a loan.

Within the framework of the Plan for Urban River Recovery, the minister said that companies that carry out direct discharges of effluent into the Acelhuate River have until October of 2017 to take the necessary measures to ensure that effluent is not discharged without appropriate prior treatment.