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Chilean utility Aguas Araucania has said it is carrying out work to improve potable water service in region IX capital Temuco, local daily El Austral reported.
The US$11mn project is located in San Marco, north-east of Temuco, and will be completed by year-end. Works include building a storage tank with capacity to hold 2000m3 of water, as well as pumping equipment and 6km of distribution pipelines.
The project will benefit more than 14,000 users, mainly in the San Marco area.
"This will strengthen the system and help us to continue covering the significant demand in the region," Aguas Araucania general manager Jose Torga was reported as saying.
The southern water utility is controlled by local group Aguas Nuevas, which was purchased in November by a Japanese JV comprised of Marubeni Corporation and Innovation Networks Corporation of Japan (INCJ).