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#WeWantToBreathe: A campaign against pollution in the Suquía River

Neighbors and neighbors of Capilla de los Remedios join the claims for contamination of the Suquía River due to the poor functioning of the Sewage Treatment Plant (WWTP). The campaign #QueremosRespirar reflects the desperate request of the inhabitants who seek that this situation be reversed immediately.

The reclamation of the neighborhood grouping, adds to the historical protest that the families of the district Chacras de la Merced have taken ahead to stop the indiscriminate contamination of the river.

On Monday, April 9, the inhabitants of Capilla de los Remedios will demonstrate in front of the Municipality of the City of Córdoba, to demand from the mayor the urgent taking of measures. Pedro Frank, a neighbor and one of the leaders of the campaign, spoke about the unsustainable nature of living around the river. Sickening odors, gastrointestinal and respiratory problems; are some of the consequences that could be attributed to pollution (an image very similar to what the neighbors describe in the Chacras de la Merced neighborhood). Pedro, said that they have been receptive to meet both the Municipal Government and the Provincial. From both sides have responded that contamination is impossible to relate directly to the plant, since it works in perfect conditions. However, during 2017, employees of EDAR were blunt when they said that the plant is under-supplied, defective and that it works less than 20%. They also mentioned that the liquid is not treated and that during the 24 hours a day it is dumped in the river.
As a result of this, the position of the government authorities, who seem not to want to see what is in front of their eyes and the eyes of all citizens, becomes incomprehensible.

This situation, which dates back to the late 1980s and to which FUNDEPS has referred on numerous occasions, seems to have no end. The escalation of pollution caused by a plant in defective conditions, has had a direct impact on the main river of the Province and has its outlet in the Laguna de Mar Chiquita. On the banks of this river settle numerous localities that today begin to see the effects of years and years of state negligence. Also, it is of special relevance to highlight the main role and responsibility of the Provincial and Municipal governments to mitigate and / or definitively remedy this situation.

What happens is public knowledge, and government authorities have not reacted in a timely manner to avoid what is happening now. At the legal level, numerous cases have been initiated and have sentences in favor of the residents of Chacras de la Merced, forcing the State to reverse the damage. After numerous requests for execution of sentence, the inaction of the Municipality is evident in the environmental risk of these days. Similarly, since 2014 the environmental and sanitary emergency has been consistently declared in the Bajo Grande WWTP and in the area located downstream, including the Chacras neighborhood, and there have been no concrete measures demonstrating the government’s willingness to assist those they are affected From FUNDEPS, we recently requested information to know the status of the latest decree declaring the health emergency. According to the testimonies of the neighbors of Chacras de la Merced, little and nothing has been done to address the situation.

Both the neighbors of Chacras de la Merced and of Capilla de los Remedios are in a situation of complete violation of their rights. We renew again the claim for a definitive solution to the pollution of the Suquía River and especially for the guarantee of the rights of those who have been affected. #We want to Breathe.


More information:

They will protest in front of the Municipality of Córdoba for the contamination of the Suquía
Chapel of the Remedies: neighbors denounce pollution
In Capilla de los Remedios, the river is as polluted as a sewer

Information requests for the Mitigation Plan of the Bajo Grande plant

Agustina Palencia
María Pérez Alsina – mariaperezalsina@fundeps.org
Agustina Palencia – agustinapalencia@fundeps.org