According to the United Nations (UN) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Chile is one of the Latin American countries that suffers the most from the effects of climate change.
It is for this reason that the sanitary companies have made several investments to face in a timely and effective way, the eventual emergencies of natural origin that affect their clients.
The project aims to strengthen the reserves of the potable water production system and increase safety in Santiago's water supply. In rainy seasons the fallen water clouds the flow of the Maipo river, where 85% of the water supply of the sanitary company Aguas Andinas comes from, making it impossible for the company to operate its treatment plants. The project contemplates the construction of a raw water reserve pond facility that will increase the autonomy from 11 hours to 34 hours, when the water treatment plants cannot operate in case of extreme turbidity.
The water segment is one of the several segments served by WEG through specialists who are always evaluating opportunities to supply their products and solutions suitable for the most severe applications. In this specific case, WEG through its commercial branch in Chile has supplied five 1000HP motors, 4,160V rated voltage, from the HGF High Thrust line, vertical application on pumps, which will work in these reserve tanks.
For WEG, this supply expands its references in the water segment and reinforces the company's technical capacity to develop and manufacture electro-electronic products and solutions for specific market segments.
The Pirque Ponds, as the project is called, constituted the Construction of six mega reserve ponds to store raw water from the Maipo River in normal times, which can be used to produce potable water in emergencies. They have a capacity of 1,480 million liters, and their surface is equivalent to 50 soccer fields. With the construction of these ponds, Santiago will increase from 11 to 34 the hours of autonomy of drinking water without drawing water from the Maipo River.
The importance of this supply is to bring autonomy to the capital Santiago, the main city in the metropolitan region, where nearly 40% of the inhabitants of Chile are concentrated.