Chiapas earmarks US$24mn for local water, sanitation projects

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mexico's Chiapas state government is spending 300mn pesos (US$24mn) on water and sanitation projects, local paper El Heraldo reported.

The state has contracted projects worth 200mn pesos and will shortly assign another 100mn pesos in works, according to state water institute (IEA) director Alejandro Gamboa.

The local government will carry out the initiatives with national water authority Conagua and the state infrastructure department, with the aim of connecting more households to potable water and sanitation networks.

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The project prioritizes cities Tuxtla Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Tapachula, San Cristóbal de las Casas and Comitán, as well as the state's 28 most underdeveloped municipalities, for which it has received 30mn pesos from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

''The goal is to achieve 90% potable water coverage in the state by 2015,'' Gamboa was quoted as saying.

The state government is also pushing to increase its 2012 budget to invest more in sanitation, which requires around 800mn pesos, the report said.