Work Begins on the Ilopango Lake Water Treatment Plant in El Salvador

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Dec 5th, 2023

Ruben Aleman, the president of ANDA and the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in El Salvador Zhang Yanhui, laid the first stone to begin the construction of the Ilopango Lake Water Treatment Plant.

The ceremony was held at the construction site yesterday, December 4. The plant will benefit more than 250 thousand Salvadorans.

This day, we laid the first stone of the Ilopango Lake Water Treatment Plant, thanks to the cooperation of the People’s Republic of China. A legacy for the country that will improve the lives of thousands of Salvadorans. National Administration of Aqueducts and Sewers, ANDA.

“The construction of the water treatment plant in Lake Ilopango is estimated to cost $40 million, with funding provided by the People’s Republic of China. The project is expected to span three years.”

“This project is the first of its kind in El Salvador for the first time water will be made drinkable from a battery of wells located near a body of water. This important project will reinforce the supply of drinking water for more than 250,000 inhabitants,” stated Ruben Aleman, ANDA’s president.

ANDA’s officials have previously commented that the plant will generate 300 liters of water per second and will supply areas such as Soyapango, San Martín, Ilopango, San Marcos, Santo Tomás, Santiago Texacuangos, Olocuilta, and San Francisco Chinameca.

The proposed project in the area involves drilling eight wells near Ilopango Lake, where construction of the water treatment plant is scheduled to take place.

The treatment plan will verify the processes of flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection that will ensure the quality of the water.

I want to congratulate both countries and technical groups that have contributed to the success of this project, which will be divided into three parts: drilling wells, purification, and water transshipment. It will be built with assistance from China, and the construction period is 30 months. Zhang Yanhui, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China.

The Ilopango Lake Water Treatment Plant is another project paid for entirely by the People’s Republic of China. This project will have Salvadorans living in the area.

The Chinese government has not only constructed Sunset Park but is also in the process of building a pier in La Libertad; these infrastructures will help drive tourism to El Salvador.

Additionally, it financed the Salvadoran National Library, a symbolic structure dedicated to enhancing Salvadoran culture and the San Salvador Historic District.