To strengthen the Cali-Baja mega-region with a healthier future and a sustainable environment for present and future generations, the authorities on both sides of the border will deploy a historic investment of 474 million dollars to clean up the Tijuana River, with that it will be possible to eradicate the filtration of residual waters into the seas of Baja Californians and Californians. This was distinguished by Governor Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda by leading a virtual public meeting aimed at socializing the projects in which representatives of institutions, as well as business leaders and civil society organizations from Mexico and the United States, were present.
During the meeting, the Governor reported that Act 328 of the International Boundary and Water Commission (CILA) signed on August 18 involves a binational investment that demonstrates the interest of both governments in providing a definitive solution to an old problem. Various projects are integrated with it, such as the modernization of the International Treatment Plant, the generation of collectors that clean up the water in the East Zone of Tijuana, or the development of a plant to treat residual water in the San Antonio de Los Buenos area; all projects are designed to improve the quality of life of all the inhabitants of the metropolitan area of Tijuana, Tecate, and Playas de Rosarito, as well as the city of San Diego.
“For us, it is extremely important that we carry out this type of exercise, since, like all of you, it is a great challenge, it is a challenge that knows no borders. That is why we are taking a historic step that will transform life and the environment in our region,” expressed the Head of the Executive Power of the State.
Avila Olmeda expressed that the act in question consolidates infrastructure projects in the Tijuana river basin immediately, however, it also contemplates long-term public policies for water sanitation, which constitutes the most important resource that society has.
Likewise, it recognized the collaboration of both sections of the International Boundary and Water Commission (CILA), the Secretariat for the Management, Sanitation, and Protection of Water of Baja California (SEPROA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Commission of the Water (CONAGUA) and the State Commission of Public Services of Tijuana (CESPT).
“We set a precedent in the need to navigate with our sights on distant horizons, our government vision is not limited to the immediate. Our State Development Plan (PED) 2022-2027 is designed for the Baja California of the future, the one that we will inherit to future generations,” she stressed.
For his part, the head of SEPROA, Armando Samaniego, asserted that Baja California is the state that most managed resources as part of international agreements, which represent, among other things, the expansion of the binational plant, as well as forceful actions for pumping and removal of water, and to strengthen the sewage system.
While the general director of CESPT, Víctor Daniel Amador Barragán, detailed each of the projects they preferred to collect, treat and remove wastewater from the Tijuana River, as well as the modernization of various collectors and other useful instruments for water sanitation. that flows through the Tijuana River and the Alamar River, ensuring clean water in the mega-region.