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Mexico Builds Momentum For Cross-Border Sewage Treatment Plan

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Aired 4/19/09

A cross-border plan to build a sewage treatment plant in Tijuana got a boost from the Mexican government. Mexico is giving the developers land for the project. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Untreated sewage runs off Tijuana streets into the ocean, especially during rainy weather. The foul water pollutes beaches in San Diego County and south of the border.

Craig Benedetto represents the company that wants to build the Bajagua sewage treatment plant to solve that problem. He says getting land from the Mexican government is key to moving the project forward.

Benedetto : The land itself is federally-owned land and it was important because it shows one, Mexico's commitment in putting some skin into the game by contributing that land. As well as showing their formal support contractually by issuing a concession to the company.

He says the Bajagua plant will treat the water to a higher standard for re-use in Mexico. The sale of the reclaimed water is expected to offset costs of operating the facility.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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