Peru Begins Dredging Rímac River to Guarantee Potable Water Supply

29 Sep 2014 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
LIMA, Peru

Peru’s Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation has begun dredging and cleaning up a section of the heavily polluted Rímac River in western Peru in an effort to guarantee potable water supply to the nation’s capital, Lima, and the nearby port city of Callao.The Proyecto Maquinarias (Machine Project) is focusing on a 4.9-kilometer stretch of the Rímac in the La Atarjea region of Lima, the ministry said. The $1.7 million USD initiative, which was last carried out seven years ago, also entails bolstering river defenses to protect against extreme weather events.According to the ministry, the initiative is using excavators, front-end loaders, crawler tractors and other equipment to remove roughly 320,000 cubic meters of waste material from the Rímac riverbed...

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