CAF - Development Bank of Latin America / Inter-American Development Bank / National Water Commission, Mexico / Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development / The World Bank Group

Eye on LAC- What is new on wastewater reuse financing?

Wednesday 30 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: FH Congress Hall A
What's new on wastewater reuse financing in LAC_photo by Eduardo Barreda

Global Water Intelligence estimated that between 2013 and 2020 capital expenditures on wastewater treatment in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) would increase from two to three billion dollars. Most of the large and medium size cities are already investing heavily on wastewater facilities. However, there is consensus that results are not as satisfactory as expected when measured by the percentage of wastewater effectively treated. Moreover, wastewater reuse is still at its very early stage, and the adoption of waste-to-resource approaches is further behind.

To advance a circular economy agenda in the region it is essential to identify the barriers that are obstructing wastewater reuse. This event will present innovative cases of wastewater reuse projects and financing in LAC, focusing on the instruments and incentives used to address these barriers all across the investment cycle (from river basin planning to engineering, normative/regulatory, procurement, construction and operational issues). By identifying these innovative cases, the session will provoke a lively discussion (based on short presentations of the most representative reuse projects) on the status of wastewater development in LAC and the potential for a circular economy agenda around wastewater reuse. 


11:00 Speeding up wastewater treatment and reuse in LAC
Jose Carrera, CAF

11:10 The current stage of wastewater treatment in LAC and possibilities to introduce reuse at scale
Jose Mestre, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist
Fernando Momiy, Peruvian Private Investment Promotion Agency

11:40 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Victor Arroyo, CAF

  • Francisco Muñiz Pereyra, CONAGUA
  • Oscar Pintos, ADERASA
  • Jose Luis Inglese, AySA
  • Pedro Simón, ESAMUR

12:10 Q&A

12:25 Summary
Diego Juan Rodríguez
, The World Bank Group

12:30 Close of session