Cabo San Lucas; Baja California Sur running out of water

Desalination plant in Cabo San Lucas requires 1,160 million pesos and would take 24 months to build

The clearing of the area where the project will take place will take a period of one month; will cover an area of ​​15,000 square meters in Cabo San Lucas

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur (BCS) . The Municipal Operating Agency of the Drinking Water, Sewerage and Sanitation System of Los Cabos (OomsapasLC) presented to the environmental authorities the Environmental Impact Manifestation (MIA) that supports the construction of a desalination plant in Cabo San Lucas, whose life span will be 50 years and will need an investment of 1,160 million pesos. 

According to the document, the work covers an area of ​​15,000 square meters (m2) on a property that is located 700 meters from the beach known as El Faro , on the side of the Pacific Ocean and that borders the golf course called “Cabo Peaceful”. 

The “Project for the construction, operation, maintenance and commissioning of a desalination plant in Cabo San Lucas ” requires an investment of 1,160 million pesos plus the Value Added Tax (VAT). 

It will have a useful life of 50 years, considering that it will be built with inputs and materials of good quality and resistance to physical effects; In addition, preventive and corrective maintenance programs will be implemented, he says. 

As for the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), the placement of submarine emitter pipe and the water pipe is planned, both occupy an area of ​​80 m2 in construction and installation, however, in the operation stage, they will be underground occupying an area of ​​30 m2. 

In this area no sightings or nests of leatherback turtles are reported, due to the presence of dogs introduced to the beach area and the inadequate management of sport fishing, the document sent to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat ) reported. 

The desalination plant in Cabo San Lucas will make use of the reverse osmosis method, a natural process by which 2 contact solutions are separated by a semipermeable membrane. 

Meanwhile, it was reported that as part of the desalination plant construction, the removal of the plant layer still present on the site is required, which is currently in a highly impacted area. 

Finally, the construction period includes a period of 24 months that includes from the planning, bidding process, preparation of the area, to the operation of the plant; the clearing and stripping of the area would be done over a month. The operation stage covers at least a period of 50 years, by Oomsapas Los Cabos.

The first desalination plant Cabo San Lucas began operating in 2006 and currently, after several reforms and expansions, has an average production of 200 cubic meters per second (m3 / s) of drinking water.

Source: bcsnoticias

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