In 1999, the megalopolis of Santiago in Chile entrusted SUEZ with the management of its drinking water supply and wastewater treatment services.
SUEZ set in motion a large plan to modernise the ageing, undersized water distribution and sewerage network for a town which faced to a very strong economic and demographic growth. The objective:
The SUEZ mission: extend the drinking water distribution network and restrict the discharge of untreated wastewater into the environment to resolve the serious sanitary, environmental and social consequences with which Grand Santiago is faced to.
SUEZ set up a massive investment programme to:
Our top priority was to address the sanitary emergency by giving access to good-quality water to all. We modernised and extended the drinking water network by 137 km over the course of 4 years in collaboration with the Department for Public Works.
Through the ambitions operations undertaken by SUEZ in Santiago in Chile the megalopolis benefits from a sewerage system tailored to its needs to preserve the water source and take on the challenge of sustainable growth.
Whereas barely 3% of wastewater was treated in 1999, SUEZ developed a particularly ambitious plan for the sewerage network:
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