Environment ministry to allocate US$257mn for water and sanitation projects

Friday, February 18, 2011

Colombia's environment, housing and development ministry (MAVDT) plans to allocate 483bn pesos (US$257mn) for potable water and sanitation projects under its departmental water plans (PDAs).

So far, 32 projects worth 148bn pesos have been approved after being exempted from the usual project approval process in order to speed up work, the ministry said in a release.

The initiative falls under the government's national development plan for 2014, which aims to supply potable water to 2.8mn people and sanitation service to 4.5mn people, as well as repairing 100% of the damage caused by the recent severe winter.

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Other benefits from the plan include connecting 90,000 homes in the low-income segment to a sanitation network, properly treating 36% of wastewater and adequately disposing of solid waste in 923 municipalities, said environment minister Beatriz Uribe.

The government has also earmarked 161bn pesos for 92 water projects in Atlántica department, budgeted at 306bn pesos.

Work includes cleaning up the Barranquilla city's eastern river basin, which will cost some 5bn pesos.