The Minister of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (MARNR), Rafael Martínez Monro, laid the first stone for the construction of the treatment plant and water storage tanks which will form part of the RAS (Reuse of Sewage Water) Project which ICLAM (Lake Maracaibo Conservation Institute) is carrying forward.
Minister Martínez Monro stressed the importance of this project for the city of Maracaibo and the Bolívar Coast of the Lake as an environmental effort, the principal objective of which is to reuse part of the Maracaibo sewage water for industrial purposes at El Tablazo and thus contribute towards the cleanup of Lake Maracaibo
Minister Martínez Monro also pointed out that the cost of this project will be approximately 43.7 billion bolivars, and that construction will take two years and create 700 direct and 3,000 indirect jobs in the region.In order to carry out this project of great importance for the State of Zulia, The Environmental Ministry will contribute 23.3 billion bolivars through ICLAM
, with financing from the Andean Development Corporation
(CAF), to which will be added the contribution of two billion bolivars by Pequiven and four billion bolivars will come from the Regional Authorities, via the Special Assignments Law.
This project includes improvements to the pipeline network for the La Rosa sewage collection point north of Maracaibo, the building of a pretreatment system for the primary removal of solids, and a pumping station between Maracaibo and the El Tablazo Complex via pipeline under the Lake.