Water and Waste: The week in 10 stories

Friday, November 9, 2018

Argentine water utility Aguas Santafesinas, which serves Santa Fe province, requested authorization to increase rates by 60% in 2019, citing inflation and local currency depreciation.

Meanwhile, water utility EPAS, which serves Neuquén province, outlined its five-year investment plan for the provincial capital, which involves 2.6bn pesos (US$73mn).

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Bolivia is ramping up investment in water projects ahead of the approaching rainy season as the government seeks to store water for the 2019 dry season. The government inaugurated an 18mn-boliviano (US$2.5mn) dam in Potosí department's Tinguinpaya municipality that is designed to irrigate 173ha of farmland, benefitting 217 families.


The week was marked by the release of Q3 financial results of some of Brazil's main water utilities, which saw a reduction in profits due to increased costs and expenses.

São Paulo state water utility Sabesp posted 37.2% lower earnings as costs and expenses increased more than revenues. Sanepar, which serves Paraná state, saw Q3 earnings fall 24.6% for the same reason.

Meanwhile, a study published by think tank Trata Brasil showed that Brazil loses around 56.3bn reais (US$15bn) a year due to the lack of investment in sanitation.


An evaluation committee in Chile's Biobío region approved the environmental impact study for the expansion of Hidronor's Copiulemu sanitary landfill in the municipality of Florida. The EIS for the US$24mn project was under evaluation since 2013, according to documents from environmental evaluation service SEA, and received the official recommendation from the service on October 24.


Power generation from renewable sources rose in October, boosted by higher dam levels, according to official figures. Higher hydropower volumes were driven by increased rainfall as dam levels climbed three percentage points month-on-month to 81.2% of capacity.


Leticia Díaz, federal legislator of the left-wing Morena party, will request Mexico's superior audit bureau conduct an audit on the maintenance works that were carried out this month on the two lines of the Cutzamala water supply system. The purpose of the audit will be to investigate the failure of one of the pieces installed, which led to a delay in completing the maintenance, Díaz told local daily Reforma.


Finally, Lima's state water company Sedapal executed 80.3% of its budget through the first three quarters as a rate increase boosted net income. Sedapal spent 339mn soles (US$103mn) on projects through Q3 after setting a 422mn-sol budget, according to its latest earnings report.