SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's water and sewer company has agreed to invest $1.5 billion to upgrade its system as part of a settlement with the U.S. government to cut down on water pollution.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that the federal government waived civil penalties given Puerto Rico's economic crisis.
EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck said the deal will help reduce what she called a massive amount of untreated sewage and other pollutants from contaminating waterways in San Juan.
The agreement replaces three previous ones between the island's Aqueduct and Sewer Authority and the U.S. government. Officials noted that prior projects under previous deals are no longer necessary given the island's drop in population as people flee to the U.S. mainland.