Aguas Corrientes

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Aguas Corrientes
The old water purification plant.
The old water purification plant.
Aguas Corrientes is located in Uruguay
Aguas Corrientes
Aguas Corrientes
Location in Uruguay
Coordinates: 34°31′18″S 56°23′36″W / 34.52167°S 56.39333°W / -34.52167; -56.39333Coordinates: 34°31′18″S 56°23′36″W / 34.52167°S 56.39333°W / -34.52167; -56.39333
Country  Uruguay
Department Canelones Department
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,047
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 90701
Dial plan +598 433 (+5 digits)

Aguas Corrientes is a small town in the Canelones Department of southern Uruguay. Its name (running waters) is derived from the installations of pumping, filtration and purification of water from the Santa Lucia River, which is the largest in the country, supplying drinking water to the departments of Montevideo and Canelones.

Aguas Corrientes is also the name of the municipality to which the town belongs.


The town is located 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from the provincial capital of Canelones, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Santa Lucia, and 56 kilometres (35 mi) from Montevideo. The banks of Santa Lucia river form the northwestern limits of the town.


Santa Lucia River was chosen by the national government as a source for drinking water for the city of Montevideo between 1867 and 1871. The construction of the water treatment facility started in 1870 and was inaugurated on 18 July 1871. The plant was first established with British capital and then passed into the hands of the state in 1949. The first people who moved here were the workers and personnel of the plant with their families. A public school was inaugurated in 1882. On 26 November 1923 it was declared a "Pueblo" (village) by decree Ley N° 7.651[1] and on 19 October 1971 its status was elevated to "Villa" (town) by decree Ley N° 14.037.[2] Today the surrounding area is mainly agricultural and the town is a small commercial center, including services for the agricultural activities.[3]


According to the 2011 census, Aguas Corrientes had a population of 1,047.[4] In 2010, the Intendencia de Canelones had estimated a population of 2,180 for the municipality during the elections.[3] Much of its population is employed by the OSE Water Treatment Plant.

Location map of the Municipality of Aguas Corrientes
Year Population
1963 961
1975 1,001
1985 1,025
1996 1,046
2004 1,095
2011 1,047

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[1]


The town is home to a football club and a yacht club.


The new water purification plant in Aguas Corrientes
  1. ^ a b "Statistics of urban localities (1963–2004)". INE. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ley N° 14.037". República Oriental del Uruguay, Poder Legislativo. 1971. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "ELECCIONES - Canelones". El Observador. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Censos 2011 Cuadros Canelones". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 

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