Mexico offers opportunities for sewerage and drinking water suppliers

Over 13% of Mexico’s population of 98 million do not have piped drinking water, and 25% do not have a sewerage connection, according to a review of the country’s water and wastewater market, commissioned by the Netherlands embassy.


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On top of this, 75% of industrial wastewater and 76% of domestic wastewater are untreated, says Mexico’s water and wastewater market: strategic review 2001-2003 by Hanhausen and Doménech Consultores, available from EVD.

Since the Mexican government does not have sufficient funds to invest in infrastructure, it is stimulating private sector involvement in municipal water supply through its Fund for Infrastructure II (Finfra II) programme. The North American Development Bank and Finfra II are funding 15-20 projects worth US$250 million.

The report’s authors expect a growing market for equipment and services aimed at improving water efficiency, such as metering and leak detection. In addition, some US$2 billion in tenders is available for international water and wastewater projects in Baja California, Mexico City and Guadalajara.

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