Chaco pipeline project to begin this year, minister says

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paraguay's public works and communications ministry (MOPC) expects work on the Chaco potable water pipeline to launch this year, according to public works minister Efraín Alegre.

MOPC has secured US$48mn in funding for the project, including US$18mn from Spanish international cooperation agency for AECID and IDB, US$18mn from the state, and US$12mn from the local government.

The first phase of work includes building a water intake on the Paraguay river, a potable water treatment plant in Puerto Casado, 202km of pipeline reaching Loma Plata, underground reservoirs and distribution networks.

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The pipeline project will benefit 60,000 people in the western El Chaco region, of which 40,000 are indigenous, according to a MOPC release.

The system will serve the greater Chaco Central area, which includes Chaco Central in Boquerón department, Puerto Casado in Alto Paraguay department, and Irala Fernández and Lolita in Presidente Hayes.