Construction of a wastewater treatment plant is planned for Riohacha

The project contemplates that the water be discharged into the sea through the Guerreo stream.

In the year 1997 the governor at that time Jorge Eduardo Pérez He bought the pipe for the sewer. At that time, the tractor-trailers drove these tubes along the main avenues of the city. In the end they were not used and were scattered in different places in the city and at that time there was an uproar because its residents dreamed that, The construction of the oxidation lagoon would finally be a reality.

Jorge Eduardo Pérez BernierJorge Eduardo Pérez Bernier
Jorge Pérez Bernier.

But for many Riohacheros those tubes only served as a springboard for them to Alvaro Cuello Blanchar will reach the La Marina Palace; It was an administration that worked for other purposes and ended up building a social housing project that, according to the Supreme Court of Justicethis lacked sewer networks and He was sentenced to six years in prison.

Alvaro Cuello BlancharAlvaro Cuello Blanchar
Alvaro Cuello Blanchar

In 2010, in his second term in office, Jorge Eduardo Pérez Bernier decided to move forward with the construction of the oxidation lagoon and initially agreed with the contractor on a readjustment to bring the contract prices from 2001 to 2010 for a value of 1,035 million pesos, the value of the contract being updated in the sum of 3,154 million pesos.

The desire that Pérez Bernier had for the city where he was born to have a rust lagoon, but he had to make an additional contract and not an addition to the initial contract, remaining in the eye of the Supreme Court of Justicewhich investigates it and has the process open.

Juan Francisco ‘Kiko’ Gómez Cerchar.

Subsequently, in 2012 he became governor. Juan Francisco Gómez Cerchar who put his heart and body into the project so that the Riohacheros would have sewage. Initially, he had asked the city center to receive water daily in their showers; but a criminal investigation removed him from the Government portfolio; being sanctioned in the first instance 55 years in prison and is waiting for the appeal to be resolved.

From that time until 2023, that project had remained immobile. The Ministry of Works in the water sector had been intervened at the time by order of the President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos. Today again, the Riohacheros begin to dream, this time about the construction of the wastewater treatment plant, Ptar, a project that is built on a 10-hectare globe of land.

This Monday, June 17, 2024 Wilson Villegas Ramirez, deputy director of Management Directorate of the National Prior Consultation Authority of the Ministry of the Interior has summoned 10 people in the El Jope indigenous community for a face-to-face Prior Consultation meeting in the pre-consultation stage of the project “Construction of a wastewater treatment plant for the district of Riohacha.”

The community of El Jope is located in front of the highway on the left at a distance of approximately three kilometers. The project proposes discharge the treated water to the Caribbean Sea, using the Guerrero stream as transport. It is believed that on this path the liquid can be used for dew of bread crops catch or to supply water to sheep and goats of that sector of the District.

Jairo Alfonso Aguilar DeluqueJairo Alfonso Aguilar Deluque
Jairo Alfonso Aguilar Deluque.

Those summoned are: Jairo Aguilar Deluquegovernor of La Guajira; Genaro Redondo Cholesmayor of Riohacha; Andreina García Pinto; manager of the departmental public services company for aqueduct, sewage and sanitation of La Guajira; Mery Constanza Rodriguez Dazaattorney of La Guajira and Soraya Escobar ArregocésOmbudsman.

Likewise, the others mentioned are: Samuel Lanaos Roblesdirector of CorpoGuajira; Yeison Deluque Guerrarepresentative of Riohacha; Germán Bernardo Carlosama Lópezdirector of Indigenous Affairs, Rom of the Ministry of the Interior; Libardo Urianaleader of the El Jope community and Julio Manuel UrianaTraditional authority of the El Jope community.

‘We have presented the final designs for the Riohacha District WWTP, they are ready to be filed in different entities and advance in the management of the resource. Today we have contributions from the department, the municipality and we hope to achieve that financial closure this year to be able to start this work soon.” assured Andreina García, manager of Esepgua.

With an investment focused on cutting-edge technology, the WWTP will use a treatment system with trickling filters, an innovative aerobic technology in a fixed medium that allows it to adapt to variations in the influent loads to the treatment system, both organic and hydraulic.

This plant, which will benefit more than 200 thousand people from Riohachawill have a series of treatment units that include everything from thick and fine screens to advanced mechanical dehydration systems.

A pleasant chat took place in the governor’s office, when the manager of Esepgua, Andreina García, presented the WWTP project to Governor Jairo Aguilar and the mayor of Riohacha, Genaro Redondo.

‘We are very happy, the Riohacha WWTP will be a reality. We are building the best work route so that it is possible in the shortest time and we here, in the district of Riohacha, have real and effective solutions that our people are waiting for. “Engineer, we are working to keep our word,” the Governor emphasized.

The city has been populated for 479 years. The capital of La Guajira was born on September 14, 1545 and currently has a population of 244 thousand 836 inhabitants and it is not justified from any point of view that it does not have sewage, as required by the environment and the country. The work is expected to be built with resources from the Nation, Department and District.

Starting this Monday, a new stage begins that could reach the city with a definitive solution for the management of wastewater that can reach the sea with treatment. The time has come for these children of Riohacha who today lead both the District As the Departmentthe latter with the gift of The wordcan convince the indigenous communities and materialize that project, and this is a cry of the Riohachero people.

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