Colombian municipalities in the Atlántico Department improve water access and quality

Idrica, which is involved in managing operations at Aguas del Sur del Atlántico, has achieved a 264% increase in the number of users in Campo de la Cruz, Candelaria, Manatí, Repelón, Santa Lucía and Luruaco. Access to mains water has increased from 69% in 2018 to 99% today and from six hours of supply to a continuous 24-hour service in Campo de la Cruz, Santa Lucia and Luruaco.

The Colombian municipalities of Campo de la Cruz, Candelaria, Manatí, Repelón, Santa Lucia and Luruaco in the Atlántico Department, have improved water access and quality.

Thanks to the operating contract with Idrica, the utility Aguas del Sur del Atlántico (Aqsur) has significantly boosted the numbers of users joining the mains water supply network, from 16,653 in 2018 to 24,404 in July 2022, i.e., an increase of 46.5%. Access to the mains sewer system also went up from 4,349 users to 11,438, representing a growth rate of 264%.

In 2018, at the start of the contract, access to running water and basic sanitation in these municipalities was 69% for mains water and 19% for the sewer system. Currently, these indicators stand at 99% and 47%, respectively, representing a 30% improvement in access to drinking water and a 29% rise in sewer connections.

Infrastructure overhaul, design, replacement and maintenance

In the years prior to 2018, operations in these municipalities were directly run by the local authorities and there were serious problems over the provision of water and sewerage services, which led to poor water supply, substandard water quality and a limited sanitation system.

The purpose of the contract with Idrica, the Spanish multinational specializing in water technologies, was to overhaul, design, replace and maintain the public water and sanitation infrastructure in this part of Colombia.

Water access and quality in AQSur Colombia

The main strategies proposed by Idrica’s technical team included the creation of network databases, the optimization of systems (such as water treatment, networks, supply, and billing management) and the deployment of infrastructure projects, which have brought significant improvements in service performance and, therefore, in the inhabitants’ quality of life in the south of the Atlántico Department.

Originally, these municipalities had access to running water from four to a maximum of 12 hours a day, though the average was less than six hours a day. However, as a result of the improvements, municipalities such as Campo de la Cruz, Santa Lucia and Luruaco now have running water 24 hours a day.

Thanks to Idrica’s operational guidance and management, these six Colombian municipalities have been able to improve their services over the past four years, while consolidating Idrica’s leadership as a company with the knowledge and ability to efficiently handle all the elements involved in water and sanitation management.

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