Argentina's Chaco province government has signed a contract with construction firms OAS, Supercemento and Rovella Carranza to begin work on a 1.65bn-peso (US$410mn) potable water project.
The project involves building an intake on the Paraná river with a 10km pipeline and a potable water plant in port city Barranqueras that will produce some 7,000m3/h. A 512km distribution network will also be built.
Brazilian development bank BNDES is financing 40% of the project's cost, with additional funds being provided by the central government together with provincial water utility Sameep and national water and sanitation board Enohsa.
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Chaco authorities are also working on the 235mn-peso Puerto Lavalle-Juan José Castelli pipeline, a tender for which was launched in October.
Bids for the 62km pipeline are due to be opened on April 8, the provincial government said in a release.
"By 2014, the province will have capacity to produce and distribute a total of 25,000m3/h of water to supply the total demand in the province," said province governor Jorge Capitanich.