Argentina's Catamarca province government has signed an agreement to tender construction of the El Shincal reservoir and Río Agua Clara-Belén potable water pipeline, budgeted at over 90mn pesos (US$22.3mn).
The El Shincal project will cost around 66.5mn pesos, while the Río Agua Clara-Belén potable water pipeline will require 22.2mn pesos.
The 5.8hm3 El Shincal reservoir will be located in Londres. The project involves building a diversion dam on the Piedra Larga river, a channel leading to the Shincal reservoir, a diversion dam on the Hondo river, a channel to the main canal in Londres and a 49m dam wall.
The initiative will improve irrigation in the area and secure the provision of water to 90% of provincial residents, boosting agricultural production by 40%, according to a provincial government release.
The 9.6km Río Agua Clara-Belén pipeline will transfer 167l/s of water. Work includes building an intake on the Agua Clara river and secondary conduction pipelines.
The pipeline is expected to benefit up to 24,000 residents in the province.