Cartagena preparing US$100mn potable water expansion plan

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Colombia's Cartagena de Indias municipal government is drawing up plans to expand the city's potable water services with an estimated budget of some 187bn pesos (US$100mn).

Works will be carried out by local water utility Aguas de Cartagena (Acuacar) and include building a US$40mn potable water treatment plant in Albornoz, which will provide the city with 80,000m3/d of water.

The initiative also includes plans to build a 40,000m3 reservoir for the city, located in Bolívar department.

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Bolívar department will provide US$48mn of the total cost, the private sector US$25mn, and the environment ministry some US$25mn, paper El Universal reported.

The project will benefit the Mamonal and Barú sectors of the city, along with towns Arroz Barato, Puerta de Hierro and Villa Hermosa.