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Argentina's President Cristina Fernández presided via teleconference over the launch of tenders worth 300mn pesos (US$73.4mn) to build two wastewater treatment plants in southern municipalities Lanús and Lomas de Zamora, in Buenos Aires province.
The national government will provide 108mn pesos for the plants, according to a presidential release.
The Lanús plant will treat wastewater from the basin of the same name. Water will be channeled from an intake on the basin to the plant via a pumping system.
The project will increase wastewater treatment coverage in the area to 43.3% from 35%, benefiting 60,000 people.
The Lomas de Zamora plant, to be built in Villa Fiorito, will increase coverage in the municipality from 24% to 41.4%. Some 270,000 people are expected to benefit from the facility.