Santo Domingo.- The cleanup of some 80 dry creek beds and the construction of 13 sewage treatment systems in Greater Santo Domingo forms part of the project to recover the Ozama and Isabela rivers, declared a national priority by a president Danilo Medina executive order.
The facility being currently built at a cost of 55 million euros for the two rivers is the country’s largest wastewater treatment plant, also called La Zurza, and spans the watershed around Santo Domingo North.
The government said it will be operating within 24 months.
The project, part of the Sewerage Master Plan of the Santo Domingo aqueduct utility (CAASD) will treat runoff from neighborhoods of the northern National District, and Santo Domingo Norte.
The plant will also recycle the water now spilled by 54 industries into the Isabela river.
CAASD senior official Luis Baez said the plant will treat 1.2 cubic meters of wastewater per second from 450,000 inhabitants in barrios and slums of the National District, Santo Domingo Norte and of the Villa Mella subdivision.