Haiti - Environment : Beginning of the modern sanitation in Haiti
"The cholera epidemic is forcing us to understand is important and meaningful the implementation of this treatment unit. The interesting thing with this station of Titanyen is that from a process of natural treatment, the water will be cleared to 90% of its pollution load and can be used again. In addition, the operation of the system is inexpensive and requires minimal maintenance," welcomed the Head of State. According to forecasts, more than 1.5 million people will benefit directly from this station.
With a continuous operation, 24 hours a day, the station combines sedimentation, natural degradation of sludge by anaerobic digestion and the treatment of suspended solids by aerobic oxidation. The design and implementation of the sanitation works have been conducted following a study funded by UNICEF.
The environment is a top priority of President Martelly through his political program focused on the "5 E". "The problem addressed by the treatment unit that I inaugurate today makes think about the merits of this vision. Because the management of human waste is one of those essential tasks to which must devote the Public Authority," declared the Head of State.
The realization of this treatment plant is possible through the determination of the President of the Republic, said Mr. Juan López-Dóriga indicating that AECID strongly supports the strategy implemented by the DINEPA in sanitation. Like Mr. López-Dóriga, Mr. Gérald Jean-Baptiste congratulated the President Martelly for his decisive involvement in the prompt execution of this project.
"This station, in operation today, marks the beginning of the takeoff of the modern sanitation in Haiti. It constitutes the first of a series of 8 other stations planned and under construction in the country," announced Jacques Rousseau, the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Energy.
The Head of State, in presence of the Ambassador of Spain, Mr. anuel Hernández Ruigómez, thanked the Executive Director of AECID for his continued support to Haiti's development. This is a collaboration that, long before January 12, 2010, demonstrates the commitment of the Government and people of Spain to the country.
In October 2011, the President of the Republic and Queen Sofia of Spain had visited the construction of the wastewater treatment plant of Titanyen. On this occasion, the President Martelly has deaclared that "this constant collaboration is the reason why Spain was the first country in Europe where he visited after being inaugurated as President of Haiti and is a sign of deep respect and gratitude."
In Haiti, Spain is at the head of entities committing their efforts to deliver drinking water and sanitation to 52% of Haitians who do not yet have access to these services.
The President of the Republic hopes that a manufacturing plant of compost is associated to the treatment plant of Titanyen "thus, the problem that is currently, the human excreta would become fertilizer and would serve for our agriculture. This exercise of valuation is not out of reach. Because in some countries, such a solution has been tried and adopted. The agriculture of these countries has benefited significant.
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