ACCIONA Agua has been selected by ENACAL, Nicaragua's state water and sewage utility, to build drinking water treatment plants in the cities of Rivas and El Rama under a contract worth 22.4 million dollars (about 18 million euros).
The plants, which are financed by the European Investment Bank, are part of PISASH, a comprehensive water and sewerage programme, and will serve around 100,000 people.
The Rivas and El Rama projects will enhance living standards in their catchment areas by improving access to drinking water. The project includes building a water mains and distribution network measuring 62 kilometres, with pipes ranging from 50 to 600 mm in diameter, two drinking water treatment plants with a capacity of more than 36,000 m3/day, as well as pumping stations, reservoirs and other necessary exterior works.
PISASH aims to expand and improve drinking water and sanitation system coverage in 19 cities in Nicaragua, and inaugurate a new management approach that is efficient and sustainable. The drinking water system is expected to benefit about 600,000 people directly, while about 235,000 people will gain access to sanitation.
ACCIONA Agua has been operating in Nicaragua in 2015; since then, it has undertaken several projects under this programme. In 2015, the company was awarded contracts to build the sewer system in Malpaisillo, upgrade and expand the drinking water systems in Chichigalpa and Jalapa, and build the Jalapa drinking water treatment plant, all for a total of 13.6 million euros.
The following year, ACCIONA was awarded a contract worth 5 million euros to build the sewer system in La Trinidad city, in northern Guatemala.