Venezuela's Bolívar state government expects to open the Suroeste potable water pipeline in Ciudad Guayana by April 2012, according to governor Francisco Rangel.
The project cost 92mn bolívares (US$21.5mn), paper Correo del Orinoco reported Rangel as saying.
The pipeline will have capacity to pump 1,500l/s to the city's western sector on a 24-hour basis, and includes a potable water plant to process 5,200l/s.
Rangel inspected the pipeline's potable water plant on Monday (Nov 14) and activated a sediments precipitator as part of the facility's first trial runs.
The Suroeste system will supply Ciudad Guayana with potable water for the next 20 years, benefiting over 350,000 people.