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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.

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5 comment(s)
Written by: foresthill, 18 Mar 2016 11:28 AM
From: Dominican Republic, santo domingo
Money being borrowed to aid in the campaign re-election. It has to be borrowed since there is NO money to pay Cemex for the road construction. I wonder how much of the money will end up in the private coffers of the politicians and administrators.

Also how will they maintain these sensitive facilities and from that make reclaimed water.
I wonder who is going to drink reclaimed water from these useless sewage plants.

By the way is the abandoned sewage plant in Boca Chica working yet?
Written by: chillinout, 18 Mar 2016 8:29 PM
From: Dominican Republic
DOM Today story May 2015.

Santo Domingo.– Geologist Osiris de Leon said that 90 percent of the water consumed in Santo Domingo is the one discharged from toilets and goes directly and untreated to the groundwater.

As reported in El Nuevo Diario on Sunday, De Leon warned that mishandling of groundwater poses a tremendous risk to the population’s health, and could lead to a bacteriological problem and an epidemic due to the consumption of highly contaminated water.

According to the expert, who recently published his book "Challenges of Urban Water in the Americas," discharges of sewage from Santo Domingo's nearly 3.5 million inhabitants send 7,000 tons of excrement to the groundwater daily.

He also explained that Health authorities should carry out bacteriological studies in tourist destinations such as Boca Chica, Punta Cana and Bavaro, for 100 percent of the water consumed in these locations come from the groundwater.
Written by: ciber, 19 Mar 2016 7:33 AM
From: United States
Well now tell me that the 40 floor hard rock will have no problems. The experts said all its afluents go to a treatment plant and i'm crazy for suggesting their may be a problem. The NACO area always had sewage on the streets.
Written by: ciber, 19 Mar 2016 7:35 AM
From: United States
Build Build Build who gives a shit whare the shit goes !
Written by: JDJones, 20 Mar 2016 4:04 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Have any of you guys read how the treatment plants will function? You may want to investigate.
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