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The over-exploitation and contamination of water resources in Mexico are serious issues. Furthermore, nine million people do not have access to potable water and 11 million are beyond the range of existing sewage lines.

To begin addressing these challenges, the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) published the National Water Plan 2014-2015 in April 2014, which promotes the modernization of the sub-sector through public policies, the development of the National System of Environmental and Natural Resources Information, and other new initiatives, such as systems for measurement and the management of water projects. Substantial funds have been allocated to CONAGUA for investment in water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Considerable participation by private sector contractors is expected via public-private partnership arrangements, which permits cooperation between the Mexican government and private sector parties in the construction of federal infrastructure, as well as the provision of related services.

If you are interested in learning about opportunities for U.S. companies in this area, the U.S. Commercial Service can help. Please review the priority project overviews below and submit a request for more information using the appropriate link!

Mexico City's Eastern Wastewater Transmission Tunnel

Project Type

Wastewater Transmission

Location:

Federal District; States of Mexico and Hidalgo

Projected Cost:

US $2.9 billion

Timeline:

2008-2018

Project Sponsor(s):

CONAGUA, Mexico State, Mexico City

The Easter Wastewater Transmission Tunnel will carry waste and stormwater away from the urban center of Mexico City. Beginning at the Great Drainage Canal and the Río de los Remedios, located at the border of the Federal District with the State of Mexico approximately two miles north of the airport, and ending in the Municipality of Atotonilco in Hidalgo State, this 23 foot wide tunnel will extend 38 miles, running as deep as 420 feet beneath the ground, and will include 24 service tunnels. The tunnel project works are broken into 6 segments, which are being constructed in parallel. Construction began in 2008 and the project is scheduled for completion sometime in 2018. Opportunities will continue to sell services and equipment during 2016 and 2017.

For more information about Mexico City's Eastern Wastewater Transmission Tunnel please submit a request using our and Francisco Ceron, Trade Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Monterrey VI Aqueduct

Project Type

Drinking Water

Location:

State of Nuevo León

Projected Cost:

US $1.4 billion

Timeline:

2016-2018

Project Sponsor(s):

CONAGUA, Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey I.P.D.

Constructed using 7-foot diameter piping, the Monterrey VI Aqueduct will run 231 miles from Río Tampaón in Veracruz, north to the reservoir at Presa Cierro Prieto located southeast of the city of Monterrey, in the state of Nuevo León. In addition to the piping, the project includes the construction of six pumping stations, needed to help raise the water over 800 feet in elevation over the course of the aqueduct, six intermediate regulation and storage tanks and one 75,000 cubic-meter tank at the discharge point at Presa Cerro Prieto. All construction is expected to be completed by December 2018. Engineering services as well as water treatment equipment will be needed.

For more information about the Monterrey VI Aqueduct please submit a request using our and Francisco Ceron, Trade Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Presa el Zapotillo Drinking Water Supply Project

Project Type

Drinking Water

Location:

States of Guanajuato, Jalisco

Projected Cost:

US $1.23 billion

Timeline:

2013-2017

Project Sponsor(s):

CONAGUA

This project is designed to provide additional drinking water to the City of León in Guanajuato and the cities of Altos de Jalisco and Guadalajara in Jalisco. Construction includes the development of multiple components: a new reservoir with a capacity of 911 million cubic meters, which will be contained by a new 340 foot dam; an 87-mile long 8 foot wide aqueduct with two pumping stations to support a rise in elevation of over 1,800 feet, and; a storage tank of 100,000 cubic meters. A newly-constructed drinking water treatment plant in the City of León, with a capacity of 3.8 cubic meters per second, will feed into over 25 miles of new primary water distribution mains, ranging between one and seven feet in diameter. The project also includes the development of supporting infrastructure, such as a 46 mile high-tension 115 KV electricity transmission line. Construction was to be completed by 2014, but has been delayed and the project is not expected to be completed in 2017, opening opportunities for water and wastewater equipment manufacturers all of 2017.

For more information about the Presa el Zapotillo Drinking Water Supply Project please submit a request using our and Francisco Ceron, Trade Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Desalination Plant – Ensenada, Baja California

Project Type

Desalination Plant

Location:

Ensenada, State of Baja California

Projected Cost:

US $50 million

Timeline:

Tender middle of 2016 and construction to be completed December 2018

Project Sponsor(s):

CONAGUA, Baja California State, Mexico City.

CONAGUA has the commitment to continue the promotion of desalination plants along the Mexican Pacific Ocean. The tender for the above project is expected in 2016. Opportunities are expected for engineering service providers and well as equipment manufacturers.

For more information about the Desalinization Plant – Ensenada, Baja California please submit a request using our and Francisco Ceron, Trade Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

La Paz Desalinization and Wastewater Treatment Plants

Project Type

Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment

Location:

State of Baja California Sur

Projected Cost:

US $72 million

Timeline:

2015-2018

Project Sponsor(s):

CONAGUA, Baja California State, OOMSAPAS (Municipality of La Paz)

This new reverse osmosis desalination plant will be located approximately five miles northeast of the city of La Paz, in Baja California Sur. A pipeline with two pumping stations will transfer the water to the city where a new tank will serve to store the received water for distribution. This plant will be capable of producing 200 liters per second of fresh water. Alongside the desalination plant, a new wastewater treatment facility designed to use activated sludge technology is also being constructed. The first stage of this project will be capable of treating 700 liters per second through two treatment processes, with a subsequent expansion bringing capacity to 1,050 liters per second. Construction on these two projects began in early 2015 and completion is expected by 2017. Opportunities for water and wastewater equipment manufacturers will continue till the middle of 2017.

For more information about the La Paz Desalinization and Wastewater Treatment Plants please submit a request using our and Francisco Ceron, Trade Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

AICM Bordo Poniente Biogas Generation Station and Water Treatment Plant

Project Type

Wastewater Treatment and Power Generation

Location:

Federal District; State of Mexico

Projected Cost:

US $1.6 billion

Timeline:

2015-2016

Project Sponsor(s):

CONAGUA: Coordinación General de Cartera de Proyectos Especiales de Abastecimiento y Saneamiento del Valle de Mexico

Being developed as part of the construction of Mexico City’s new International Airport, the AICM Bordo Poniente Biogas Generation Station and Water Treatment Plant is designed to mitigate the hydrologic impact of the new facility on the region and to address selected persistent water management and drainage problems in the vicinity of the airport. Once completed, the water treatment facility will have the capacity to treat 492 gallons per second of water through 24 discrete treatment plants, 90 miles of new works to control and canalize wastewater, water storage capacity of 38 million cubic meters, and 24 miles of large storm drain tunnels. The biogas power generation station will extract methane from the NEZA II and III landfills just south of the project site and it is planned, in combination with onsite solar energy generation, to provide as much as 60 percent of the new airport’s energy needs.

For more information about the AICM Bordo Poniente Biogas Generation Station and Water Treatment Plant please submit a request using our and Francisco Ceron, Trade Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Additional Resources

Secretariat of the Environment & Natural Resources: http://www.semarnat.gob.mx/

National Water Commission: http://www.cna.gob.mx

National Institute of Ecology and Climate change: http://www.inecc.gob.mx/

National Institute of Ecology and Climate change http://www.inecc.gob.mx/english

Attorney General for Environmental Protection: http://www.profepa.gob.mx/

Attorney General for Environmental Protection: 

http://www.profepa.gob.mx/innovaportal/v/376/1/mx/english.html

Mexican Institute for Water Technology: http://www.imta.gob.mx/

Mexican Institute for Water Technology: http://www.imta.gob.mx/historico/english/

National Council of Environmental Executives: http://www.conieco.org/

National Bank for Public Works: http://www.banobras.gob.mx/

Border Environmental Cooperation Commission http://www.cocef.org

Border Environmental Cooperation Commission http://www.becc.org

National Association of Water Companies http://www.aneas.com.mx

National Association of Water Companies  http://aneas.com.mx/en/


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