Sewage pipeline or extractor
Based on the scientific investigation that began in 2009, the authorities that govern the lake urgently need to elaborated the Master Plan for the treatment of the Sewage of the basin of Lake Atitlan, that among other things it has to contemplate technological options that will eliminate the entrance of all raw sewage and contamination to the lake.
In 2012, sanitary engineers of the University of Chico, California; the College of Engineers of Guatemala and the University of San Carlos of Guatemala presented the only viable solution for the rescue of the lake: The sewage pipeline or extractor.
Since its disclosure, Amigos del Lago, has supported this proposal. We want this project to have a solid local support base and to that end we have started promotional efforts within the community and local authorities.
In 2012 we inaugurated the waste water treatment plant in the municipality of Santa Catarina Palopó, with the collaboration of the committee of that locality.
The action was fundamental because it treats 60% of the 100,000 daily gallons of contaminated water that the population generates and discharges in the lake.
The investment was 100,000 dollars. The cost of the monthly operation is approximately 1,300.00 dollars.
Even though waste water treatment plants (WWTP) are not the solution to the saving Lake Atitlan, at least they eliminate floating solids and some of the pollutants that are-over abundant in sewage water. Such a phase is the first step of the integral project that promotes taking out all sewage from the basin.
Our goal is to give technical and scientific accompaniment, as well as promote the pipeline or extractor in the communities and among local and national authorities.