The 14th AguaClara plant in Honduras was inaugurated on Saturday, February 18th in Las Vegas, Santa Barbara! The inauguration marks the culmination of 8 months of construction, 2 months of monitoring and follow-up, and several years of design and water quality analysis. The event was attended by the Vice President of Congress, the Secretary of Congress, the Governor of Santa Barbara, as well as a number of local leaders, community members, and APP personnel.
The Las Vegas municipality has also committed to hiring one chemical operator, and four part-time plant operators trained by Agua Para el Pueblo staff in order to insure the ongoing sustainability of the project. The plant is the largest AguaClara plant to date (70 L/s) and is also the first time a hydrochloric acid dosing system has been implemented in an AguaClara plant to prevent the formation of calcium carbonate incrustation in the distribution system. The addition of the AguaClara acid dosing system provides an affordable way for communities to prevent the costly reparation of distribution piping due to incrustation.
On the day of the inauguration, treated water was leaving the plant with a turbidity of 0.1 NTU which falls well below the US EPA standard of 0.3 NTU. The event organizers even went as far as to bake an AguaClara cake-needless to say AguaClara plants taste great!