Buenos Aires carrying out US$14mn waterworks

Monday, July 11, 2011

Argentina's Buenos Aires provincial infrastructure department is overseeing water and sanitation projects worth more than 59mn pesos (US$14.4mn).

Infrastructure subsecretary Daniel Guastavino, state controlled water and sewage utility AySA president Carlos Ben and Quilmes city mayor Francisco Gutiérrez have officially opened a storm drainage network in the city.

Construction, which cost some 32mn pesos, involved installing more than 42km of storm sewers in the Bernal Oeste district, the provincial government said in a release.

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The provincial government will also finance a project to increase potable water and sewerage service in the Tres de Febrero district to 100%.

Buenos Aires infrastructure minister Cristina Alvarez Rodríguez received bids from nine companies competing in a tender to carry out the project, the province said in a release, without specifying the participating firms.

Work involves installing sewerage pipeline to transfer effluent to the Hurlingham wastewater treatment plant, as well as 4,800 domestic connections.

Finally, Lavoro Construcciones and Cemar presented bids in a tender for a project to improve sewerage service La Plata city's Ministerio neighborhood.

The national government is funding the project which involves connecting homes to an existing sewerage network at a cost of 1mn pesos, the province said in a release.