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ECLAC conducts training in the formulation of investment plans in circular technologies for wastewater treatment plants in southern Mexico

27 June 2023|Briefing note

The water team of ECLAC is organizing a training mission in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, from July 17th to 21st, with the aim of promoting circularity in the drinking water and sanitation sector.

Members of the Water team of ECLAC organize a mission to Quintana Roo, Mexico, between July 17th and 21st, under the auspices of the United Nations Peace and Development Fund and with the support of the German Cooperation.

The aims of the mission is to enhance the technical capacities of municipalities in designing plans for the generation and incorporation of circular solutions in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Furthermore, these capacity-building sessions aim to help develop investment plans in renewable energy for the water sector, which are essential to ensure water supply in the area. Given that the region strategically depends on tourism, the project also aims to assist local municipalities in creating investment plans that can find financing in the future.

The mission is composed of an organizing team, composed of three experts from ECLAC and two officers, including Dr. Silvia Saravia, Economic Affairs Officer of the Water and Energy Unit of the Natural Resources Division. Among the project participants, the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), local operators of the WWTPs in San Miguelito, Bicentenario, Centenario, and San Martín de las Pirámides, the Water and Sewerage Commission of the State of Mexico (CAEM), the Water and Sewerage Commission of Quintana Roo (CAPA), and other relevant stakeholders will be present.

Led by the experienced team from ECLAC, participants receive in-depth knowledge on methane capture and use, as well as energy efficiency. This foundation equips participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to explore and implement circular practices in WWTPs. A practical workshop is also held, designed to review, calculate, and assess potential improvements that can be implemented in specific plants.

A community socialization session taking place at the Technological University of the Riviera Maya, is organized on Tuesday the 18th of July at 11am. The aim of this session is to engage and inform the local community about the project's efforts and provide a space for local participation. During this session, the expected benefits for the community in terms of water management improvements and the promotion of sustainable practices will be shared. Dialogue and active participation of community members will be encouraged, allowing them to express their concerns, ideas, and contributions.

The mission involves on-site technical visits to two WWTPs: San Miguelito in Cozumel Island and Bicentenario in Tulum. During these visits, the team will provide further inputs to strengthen the plants' operations and closely evaluate the proposed improvements while determining their feasibility. This hands-on approach ensures a comprehensive understanding of the unique practical challenges and opportunities of each plant. By directly engaging with local operators and stakeholders, the mission aims to provide personalized recommendations that address the specific needs and circumstances of each facility.