Atotonilco WWTP was awarded with the second place for the best public-private project of the year in the Global Water Awards.
On Monday April 18, 2011 in the City of Berlin, Germany, the Atotonilco WWTP project was distinguished with the second place for the best Public-Private project of the Year within the Global Water Awards. The Global Water Intelligence presents this award every year to the best in the international industry of water.
This award was granted to the most innovating financial approach considered in a joint and creative proposal of the Government and the private sector, considering that the construction of the Atotonilco Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) involves a new financial approach with public- private interest. This project was recognized with this important distinction.
The award was received by Mr. Kofi Annan, ex Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize, Mr. José Ramón Ardavín Ituarte, Deputy Director General of Agua Potable, Drenaje y Saneamiento (Drinking Water, Sewarage and Treated Water) from Conagua; The Ambassador of México in Germany, Francisco Gonzalez Díaz; and directors from the private companies involved in the project.
José Ramón Ardavín pointed out: "This is a distinction that recognizes taking advantage of private capital in public projects". “It is a win-win process. On the one hand, federal resources supplemented with private financing, and on the other hand, good infrastructure operation in charge of the service companies that finance jointly, guaranty project efficient development in a long term, since that is the only way investment can be recovered”, the officer stated.
During the selection process of projects participating in the Global Water Awards, complexity of financing this type of works was highlighted. With a capacity of 35 thousand liters per second (l/s), it is the world’s largest treatment plant of its type. Thus, it requires an investment of more than 10 billion pesos, out of which almost 46 per cent (%) will be federal contribution through the Fondo Nacional de Infraestructura (Fonadin) (National fund of Infrastructure). The rest, a little more than 54%, will be private funds coming from the consortium named Aguas Tratadas del Valle de México, which is made up of the following companies: ATLATEC, Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA), IDEAL, Promotora del Desarrollo de América Latina, Controladora de Operaciones de Infraestructura, Acciona Agua, Desarrollo y Construcciones Urbanas, and Green Gas.