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New 55 million peso Tulum desalination plant inaugurated

Tulum, Q.R. — A new water desalination plant has been inaugurated in Tulum. The 55-million-peso plant was toured Friday by Tulum Mayor Diego Castañón Trejo and Governor Mara Lezama.

During the tour, Lezama said the new plant will allow an additional 50 liters of water per second into the water supply network of Tulum. The plant was installed to meet the demand generated by municipal growth.

“Guaranteeing the supply of drinking water was left for later for decades, It was simulated, it served to deepen the cracks of corruption and as a consequence, it has been exceeded by demand at peak hours of the day causing low efficiency,” said the Governor.

The new plant, run by the Drinking Water and Sewerage Commission (CAPA), operates with three treatment trains, each with a capacity for 17.5 liters per second of permeated water for a total treatment capacity of an average daily flow of 50 liters per second, benefiting 30,945 residents.

“With the construction of this brackish water desalination plant under a reverse osmosis process with two permeate stages, we contribute to the consolidation of the drinking water system in the city, increasing the production capacity of water with the bonus that quality is improved,” Armando Alberto Covarrubias Cortés, the General Director of CAPA explained.

Governor Mara Lezama stressed that the innovative solutions for the desalination plant represent a step forward toward a future in which concern for water is replaced by guaranteed supply relief.

“Today we not only celebrate the opening of a water desalination plant, but the opening of a new chapter in the history of Tulum,” she said emphasizing that when corruption is fought, there is enough money for more.

The new CAPA facility tour was guided by Armando Alberto Covarrubias Cortés, the General Director of CAPA, Erika Ramírez Méndez, local Director of CONAGUA, as well as the municipal president Diego Castañón Trejo and members of the Citizen Participation Committee.