MADRID, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
A new water system now serves El Salado in Colombia after being chosen by Ferrovial for its Social Infrastructure [https://www.ferrovial.com/es/nuestro-compromiso-ferrovial/responsabilidad-corporativa/programas-sociales/infraestructuras-sociales/proyectos-anteriores ] programme in 2016. EUR162,000 euros has been invested in the aqueduct system, which is powered by a solar facility and is the first of its kind in Colombia. The community now has daily access to water fit for human consumption. Until now, it had a poor quality water supply that was only available for a few hours, three days a week, due to high maintenance costs.
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The community of El Salado in Colombia was scarred by the massacre [http://www.centrodememoriahistorica.gov.co/component/content/article/132-informe-por-tematicas/casos-emblematicos/2023-casos-emblematicos ] that took place 18 years ago, where 66 people were killed [http://rutasdelconflicto.com/interna.php?masacre=78 ]. All the residents abandoned the village and uprooted to Bogota, Cartagena or Sincelejo, but a small group of former El Salado villagers eventually began the task of restoring the village for the return of its inhabitants.
Ferrovial, together with Ayuda en Accion [https://issuu.com/aeacolombia/docs/las_veredas_de_el_salado_vuelven_a_ ] and Fundacion Semana, has worked to repair and expand the aqueduct system as part of its Social Infrastructure [https://www.ferrovial.com/es/nuestro-compromiso-ferrovial/responsabilidad-corporativa/programas-sociales/infraestructuras-sociales ] programme. They have also created the Water Committee, an organisational structure to maintain and operate it.
Thanks to this project, the 1,290 inhabitants of El Salado have high-quality drinking water, due to a chlorination system included that will improve children's health. In addition to the financial contribution, a group of volunteers from Ferrovial were involved in designing the infrastructure and training staff, which aims to make the community self-sufficient in terms of management and maintenance.
Ferrovial is one of the world's leading infrastructure and service operators, committed to developing sustainable solutions. The company has 96,000 employees and a presence in 20 countries. Ferrovial focuses on the following lines of business: Services, Toll Roads, Construction and Airports. The company is a member of Spain's blue-chip IBEX 35 index and is also included in sustainability indexes such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good. It applies the principles of the United Nations Global Compact to all its operations, which the company signed in 2002.
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