El Salitre Wastewater Treatment Plant Bogota

El Salitre wastewater treatment plant is a key project that seeks to improve the sanitation system of the city of Bogota and its surrounding areas. On completion, the plant will treat a flow of more than 600,000 cubic meters of water per day (m3/day) and will serve around 3 million people.

Due to the concentration of population in the metropolitan area, the Bogota River currently suffers from significant pollution issues due to the reception of waters from the Salitre, Fucha and Tunjuelo tributaries, which turns the Bogota River into a dead river in certain sections.

To mitigate this problem, the CAR (Regional Autonomous Corporation) of Cundinamarca, the Department of Colombia in which Bogota is located, submitted a proposal for an international public tender for the expansion of the El Salitre WWPT. After obtaining the “No objection” from the World Bank (entity that largely finances the project), the CAR awarded the contract for the expansion and optimization of the plant to the Consorcio Expansión
PTAR Salitre (CEPS). This contract has a value of over 340 million USD.

These works are part of the “Hydraulic Adaptation and Environmental Recovery of the Bogota River” megaproject being carried out by the CAR of Cundinamarca since 2012. The objective of this project is to improve the quality of the river water, reduce odors generated in the northern and central areas of the Colombian capital, and contribute to the decontamination of the Bogota River.