BECC, NADB approve US$49mn water, paving projects

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADB) have approved US$49.4mn in funding for three projects for US-Mexico border communities, according to a release.

The first project entails the installation of potable water, storm water and wastewater infrastructure for the Valle de las Palmas housing development in the city of Tijuana, Baja California state, which aims to prevent unregulated urban sprawl and related environmental problems.

NABD has provided a US$36.6mn loan for the initiative, the release said.

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BECC and NADB have also approved a US$1.8mn project to improve the potable water distribution system in Chihuahua state's Práxedis Guerrero municipality. Work involves connecting 600 households to the system as well as the installation of an elevated storage tank and distribution pipeline.

The US environmental protection agency (EPA) will provide a US$549,488 grant for this project.

Finally, Baja California state's Mexicali government will receive an US$11mn NABD loan to pave some 1.1km2 of dirt roads. The loan will cover 33% of the total cost of the project.