April 19, 2024
Groundbreaking for the brand new sewage therapy plant in Tijuana. Courtesy Worldwide Boundary Fee

Mexican officers broke floor Thursday for a brand new $33 million wastewater therapy plant in Tijuana that’s anticipated to dramatically cut back sewage discharge by the top of the 12 months.

The crumbling San Antonio de los Buenos plant, situated close to the coast about six miles south of the border, is taken into account one of many largest sources of air pollution reaching seashores in south San Diego County.

The previous plant at Punto Bandera releases thousands and thousands of gallons of uncooked sewage each day into the Pacific Ocean.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Imperial Seashore Mayor Paloma Aguirre, U.S. Ambassador Ken Salazar and Baja California Gov. Marina del Pilar Ávila Olmeda.

“After greater than a decade of sewage spills and protracted advocacy to acknowledge this disaster as a state of emergency impacting the residents of Imperial Seashore, we’re excited to lastly have fun this milestone,” mentioned Aguirre.

However officers cautioned that extra funding in infrastructure is important to finally repair the issue. Mexico has dedicated almost $150 million for enhancements, and the US is planning to spend $300 million to improve the South Bay Worldwide Therapy Plant in San Ysidro.

Rep. Scott Peters praised the Mexican groundbreaking in a speech Thursday on the Home flooring, and mentioned the US needs to be embarrassed that it’s not shifting sooner.

“We needs to be embarrassed,” he mentioned. Mexico is appearing with extra urgency than we’re.”