The Panama Bay sanitation project is 85 percent complete and scheduled to go into service in June 2013.
The announcement was made Saturday September 29 during a tour of the facility by health minister, Javier Diaz.
He said that the $238 million project, initiated by the previous government, constitutes one of the most important projects in the country, and will ensure the reduction of skin and respiratory infections, and improve the quality of life for the population at large. He made no mention of what some residents of Paitilla call Eau de Panama, which produces the odour that hangs in the air where the upscale residential community skirts Avenida Balboa.
The treatment process will enable the recovery of methane gas, which will be used to generate 18% of the electrical energy required to operate the plant.The construction consortium is headed by the Brazilian Norberto Odebrecht company.