The Cuban-Spanish Joint Venture, that deals with everything related to water management and supply in Varadero, is currently providing an excellent service to the Cuban resort and nearby communities and is showing a significant profit margin.
Antonio Hernández Martínez, general manager of both the Aqueduct and Sewer System and the Cuban party in the venture, revealed that it is one of a kind in Cuba, the first association in the country and in Latin America and the fourth belonging to the Spanish AGBAR (Aguas de Barcelona) Group, to have been awarded ISO 22000-2005 certification and other international recognitions for the quality and cleanliness of the water.
Accompanied by his Spanish counterpart, Carlos Pérez, and other Aguas Varadero directors, Martínez provided The Havana Reporter with detailed information about the entity’s performance and prospects.
Its mission, he said, is to maximize efficient use of the water supply by running the aqueduct, sewer and drainage system in an efficient way.
The joint venture currently reports $15 million in income, compared to $2 million in the years after its founding in 1994.
These results are possible thanks to the work of highly qualified personnel, including eleven directors and an investment of more than $10 million in the extension and improvement of services.
Among the most important projects are the Hicacos sewage and the Santa Marta drainage systems, which comprise more than 200 hectares.
Water supply in Varadero was in a critical situation in the 1990s, affecting strategic tourism sector development in the area.
The hydraulic center that existed then lacked the personnel and the resources to cope with the region’s development.
Per capita water use was significantly high for hotels and the nearby population and there was no sewage system.
In response to the situation studies were conducted by Cuba’s National Hydraulic Resources Institute and Spain’s CANARAGUA S.A. group with a view to the creation of an international economic association that could handle comprehensive water management at the Varadero tourist resort. The contract was subsequently signed in 1994.
Its general objectives included ensuring efficient supply of drinking and recycled water, sewage treatment, and the maintenance of all related facilities and equipment.
The development of the entity, which is closely related to the development of tourism in Varadero, has contributed greatly to the enhancement of principal efficient service indicators.
Today, Aguas Varadero supplies an adequate level of water per person to both the local population of 33,700 inhabitants and the 57 hotels with more than 20,500 rooms at a ratio of 23,888 tourists a day.
The company is ready to meet the increasing water demand in Varadero, where plans exist for the construction of new hotels and a golf club.
The Cuban-Spanish company is currently engaged in a collaboration with project with Holland’s Institute for Water Education (Unesco-IHE), on the use of a bio-reactor for the treatment and reuse of sewage water.Share on FB Share on TT