The water and sanitary sewer coverage in Guatemala is currently below the mean Latin American values, which are 86 % for water and 57 % for sanitation. A significant part of the supply networks do not provide drinking water thus the water has to be treated by the final users to guarantee its safe use. There is a great difference in sanitary service coverage in the cities integrated into the urban and city areas; the cities have wider supply networks than the urban areas.

The earthquakes in 2007 and 2012 aggravated the problem as they caused deterioration in the existing networks thus leading to pipeline breaks and subsequent water leakages in the supply networks, loss of service and lack of efficiency of the networks.

Another serious problem is the contamination of surface water resources derived from untreated wastewater and this together with the lack of water quality monitoring network for surface and groundwater worsens significantly the sicknesses stemming from water contamination and inadequate sanitation.

In order to respond to this situation the Republic of Guatemala has started a PROGRAM FOR WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (PHASE I) developed by an agreement signed by INFOM-BID-AECID and financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, in agreement with the Government of Spain through the Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FCAS) with a budget of 50 million USD to execute partially the phase I of the program.


This phase included the "Pre-investment Studies of Drinking Water and Sanitary Sewage system of urban areas in six (6) departments in the Republic of Guatemala in six municipalities of San Marcos" carried out by INCLAM in Joint Venture with Novotecni

The primary objective of INCLAM was to create a strategy, plans and final design of the projects which will enable the municipalities to repair, refurbish and extend the water systems and sewers quickly and in technically advanced manner without interrupting the services and causing minimal inconveniences to the users in the urban and peri-urban areas of the prioritized municipalities. Simultaneously, measures for improving the operational and administrative effectiveness were planned.

The work included 12 feasibility studies, six definitive water designs and six sanitations and sanitary sewers. This project benefits a variety of users, inhabitants of the six already mentioned districts. There are more than 135 000 inhabitants. It is a basic service with major significance for improving the quality of life of the population.

The methodology used comprised of a technical analysis of drinking water, sewer system, sanitation and the current and future demands, evaluation of the current systems and planning of solutions which will enable to improve the coverage of the service, continuity, and quality.

In order to analyze the sewer system networks, weaknesses and shortcomings in operation were identified and hydraulic simulation models using IT tool SWMM were developed. Based on the detected problem a set of improvements was planned, and they were included in the simulation models in order to verify using the models whether the operation of the proposed solution was correct. Once the process was finalized, a sanitary supply network providing adequate design to face the future wastewater demands and the precipitation effects for 30 years return period was defined.

As a part of improving the sewer system network, INCLAM included a design of a wastewater treatment plant complying the current norms related to surface water bodies discharge thus contributing to the environmental quality improvement. The relevant economic, financial and socioeconomic evaluations were made. The result of the socioeconomic evaluation allows guaranteeing that the projects are sustainable for the municipalities with the proposed rated combined for water and sewerage.

These studies bring Inclam Group closer to the country and strengthen its role as a benchmark company in water engineering sector not only in Guatemala but throughout the Latin American region.

En esta final, los competidores directos serán los candidatos de la bolsa irlandesa (Irish Stock Exchange) y la bolsa de Londres (London Stock Exchange). En la página web de los premios se expone la lista corta con el perfil de los candidatos, para la categoría principal, en la que compite INCLAM, y el resto de categorías que premian estos galardones.

Estos Premios son una muestra de la diversidad de los mercados europeos y su objetivo es promover la entrada en el mercado de valores, en particular, el dirigido a las PYME y empresas de crecimiento. Los finalistas y ganadores se destacan como actores excepcionales que demuestran innovación, tanto la expansión nacional e internacional, ciudadanía corporativa y una excelente gestión. Estas empresas son fundamentales para la recuperación económica europea y para lograr las metas de la creación de empleo, competitividad y el crecimiento de la UE .

Los ganadores de estos galardones se anunciarán en una ceremonia que tendrá lugar el próximo 17 de noviembre en el Albert Hall en Bruselas.

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