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Chile's public works minister Alberto Undurraga and his agriculture counterpart, Carlos Furche, have inaugurated the Hospital reservoir in the municipality of Paine, in capital Santiago's metropolitan region.
The reservoir is part of the MOP's national program for the construction and rehabilitation of small reservoirs, which involves a total of 25 reservoirs, the ministry said in a press release.
The Hospital reservoir has a capacity of 200,000m3 and will benefit some 1,200 farmers, irrigating around 2,000ha of land.
MOP's waterworks division (DOH) was in charge of creating the reservoir, with investment totaling 484mn pesos (US$700,000). Works included the removal of 70,000m3 of sediment, concrete lining of a 300m canal that feeds water to the reservoir from the Angostura river and installment of six new floodgates.
As part of its program the MOP has rehabilitated eight out of 25 small reservoirs. The ministry is working on two additional ones and is also building the Empedrado reservoir while studying 24 sites for potential new reservoirs.