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The Border Environment Cooperation Commission (Cocef) has identified potential water conservation projects worth US$320mn in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, the commission's communications manager, Gonzalo Bravo, told BNamericas.
The potential projects are spread over three irrigation areas in the state.
Cocef has given provisional approval to three water projects in Matamoros, Tamaulipas at a cost of US$52.9mn. Final confirmation will be provided in the next two weeks, Bravo said.
Matamoros water utility JAD will carry out the works using the funds provided by Cocef. The project will include a US$11.8mn wastewater treatment plant with capacity of 540l/s.
The utility will also build a wastewater channeling system at a cost of US$28.3mn and a drainage network costing US$12.8mn.
Cocef has already invested US$151mn in water and sanitation projects in the towns of Valle Hermoso, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Camargo, Nueva Ciudad Guerrero and Díaz Ordaz.
As of June 2, Cocef has 100 certified projects in Mexico with a total investment of US$2.81bn.
The commission aims to develop environmental infrastructure projects in relation to potable water, drainage, sanitation, air quality and waste. Once Cocef certifies a project, funds are made available by the North American Development Bank (NADB).