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Argentina's public works minister, Daniel Chaín, along with water resources undersecretary Pablo Bereciartua and Tierra del Fuego governor Rosana Bertone, have signed an agreement to build a new sewage treatment plant and expand an existing facility in provincial capital Ushuaia.
The works include investments of more than 400mn pesos (US$26mn) and the objective is to ensure appropriate treatment of sewage for the next 30 years, avoiding the contamination of local water basins and waterways that have been affected in recent years in the province.
"We're here to solve the problems of the people and we're going to do it by working together in a team," said Chaín in a press release.
Regarding the tender process for the works, the secretary explained that tender documents will be published online shortly.
Governor Bertone assured that her government had decided to take the task of improving sanitation in Ushuaia seriously and responsibly, "since if we want to be a touristic province, we also have to show that we're sustainable from an environmental perspective."
The agreement outlines construction of a new treatment plant on the western edge of the mouth of the Grande, where it joins the Beagle Channel to fix the problem is untreated household effluents in the eastern part of the city.
The works will require the investments of around 215mn pesos and should benefit around 50,000 people.
The agreement also includes the expansion of an existing treatment plant in Bahía Golondrina in the western part of the city, costing approximately 185mn pesos and allowing the city to support a population of 140,000 people by 2044.