The Chilean public works ministry's (MOP) waterworks division DOH expects to complete emergency works on eight rural potable water systems in central region V by end-April, Roberto Burchard of DOH's potable water division told BNamericas.
The project is being carried out under a supreme decree declaring water scarcity in the Petorca and La Ligua river basins, a measure that authorizes the emergency works to be awarded more quickly than via the normal tender process.
DOH has received offers to carry out various other rural potable water projects in the region, which will be awarded by March 21, the official said. Those include 10 more rural potable water systems in Petorca province and works in San Felipe province. Construction is scheduled to begin by end-March.
In total, the ministry is carrying out 29 emergency rural potable water projects in the region at a total cost of some 4.3bn pesos (US$8.85mn), the region V MOP office said in a release.
"In general [work] consists of repairing or replacing the water source, or complementing insufficient sources, complementary works to pump water to the existing storage tanks and electrical work to operate the systems," Burchard said.