Works, Water and Services

Santa Fe public works

In the Province of Santa Fe, public works is a State policy. It is considered as the material basis and the necessary condition for the construction of the future, for social, regional and territorial cohesion, and to contribute to access to education, health, justice and culture.

On the website "Santa Fe Public Works", citizens can have access to the information about the works, in their different stages: designed, tendered, implemented and completed.

Some of them make concrete the proposals of the Plan of Government, while others are the result of the demands expressed by the Santafesinos at the public assemblies, meetings from which the Provincial Strategic Plan was developed.

Water and sanitation

The Government of Santa Fe regards the access to water as a basic right that the provincial State must ensure. Therefore it carries out various actions, which include infrastructure works in all the provincial geography, especially in the more neglected regions.

In this respect, as well as the improvement of existing drinking water systems, the Government has designed and is running a new Aqueducts Provincial System, which accomplishment involves great works and investments over a period between 15 and 20 years, as set forth in the Provincial Strategic Plan.

Simultaneously, a programme is implemented to improve the situation of the service of drinking water in those towns that need it most, in the short and medium term. The goal is to improve existing facilities, installing new water purification plants, expand distribution networks, and strengthen the distribution of water in trucks and drums in critical periods of intense drought.

It is also important to mention that since 2006 the provincial State has a company that provides public service of provision of drinking water and sewage drains in 15 towns in the province of Santa Fe (Aguas Santafesinas).


- Aqueducts

60% of the population of the Province of Santa Fe (15 towns) is supplied from the water service which provides Aguas Santafesinas. On the other hand, until 2008, the remaining 40% (347 towns) have not had guaranteed a quality service.

This led the Government of Santa Fe to take a strategic solution which consists in the design and implementation of a Provincial System made up of 12 aqueducts.

This Provincial System was designed over a forecast for the next 30 years and its development means a State policy.

It is sought, in this way, to ensure the access to drinking water in all the populations in Santa Fe, and it is a project which involves an investment of u$s 1,500 million.

By the end of 2014, five aqueducts were under construction with an investment that exceeded the 2 thousand million pesos. This network is expected to guarantee access to drinking water to all the populations in the province and also should foster the urban development of the province and the consequent increase in demand. Therefore, there are plans for future expansions in aqueducts that have already been opened or will be inaugurated soon, to increase their capacity of generation and distribution of the vital good.


-Immediate solutions.

The Government of Santa Fe, in parallel with the system of aqueducts, is also running a programme to improve the situation of the service of drinking water in towns with difficulties, in the short and medium term, optimizing existing facilities, installing new water purification plants, expanding distribution networks, and reinforcing the distribution of water in trucks and drums in critical periods of intense drought. In this regard, it should be noted that there are more than 43 drinking water plants installed throughout the provincial territory with reverse osmosis, salts and turbidity treatment and more than 80 interventions between repairs, extensions of networks, purchasing new tanks, etc.


-Flood protection

To protect urban centres from floods and prevent tragic situations because of unpredictability - such as those that occurred in the past - the provincial government advanced in both structural measures through the construction of specific works and in non-structural measures, transforming the way that water problems are addressed.

Protection works are made in accordance with the priorities defined in each project, the levels of protection of existing urban defense works are reviewed and an integrated management of the information (forecasts, urban alert-hydrologic systems and networks of measurement, etc.) is developed.

In this sense, the Government has given a strong support to works underway and has projected new works.

Rosario and Santa Fe are cities that have historically required the realization of this type of works. In this sense, important interventions were carried out in Rosario, in the basin of the Ludueña stream, while in Santa Fe there are numerous works on all fronts of the defense system.

The rest of the province was also benefited from works of protection and storm drains, including Rafaela and Reconquista, Rufino, Murphy, Melincué and Firmat, among others.

Each of these actions is carried out with the participation of the municipalities and communes, seeking to achieve a harmonious territorial water rearrangement in the province, in works of urban protection as well as in those that require watershed sanitation. The government also works in close interaction with basin committees, districts and groups of producers.


- Sewers

The degree of environmental sanitation in which a society develops reflects the conditions of equality imbuing the relations of its individuals.

With the goal of moving towards that equality, the Government of Santa Fe plans to run sewage works in numerous locations in the province and then implement the Solidarity and Integrator Programme of Sewage Drains that drives works with shared resources between the provincial and local governments, the direct beneficiaries and the contribution of those who already have the service.

The goal of this venture is to provide Santa Fe, Rosario, and their respective suburbs, with sewage.

On the other hand, reception centres for atmospheric trucks in Santa Fe and Rosario were opened.


Energy

The Provincial Company of Energy (EPE) is a State company which, with its current name, has run from December 18, 2006, date in which the law N ° 10.014 was passed. However the founding date is July 8, 1987, occasion in which the first Board of Directors met.

The company is responsible for the distribution of energy, providing service to more than one million clients in 101,000 km2, and is the third distributor of energy in the country. It operates 63 substations in the province.

The EPE has about 50 thousand kilometers of high, medium and low voltage lines; and it has 56 132 kV transforming stations.

In recent years, pursuant to the decisions of the Government of Santa Fe, the company has developed an ambitious plan of investments and reinvestments. This allowed counting on more processing stations and new lines of medium and low voltage. This id added to the replacement of posts and pre-assembled cables, all of which has allowed that the company recorded the lowest rate or power outages in the recent years.