Argentine president Cristina Fernández has opened a US$43mn potable water distribution system in southern province Santa Cruz's El Calafate district.
The system includes a potable water plant and pumping station that will transport 1,600m3/h of water from the Argentino lake to the town center, some 20km away.
The project, which began in 2007, was financed by the national government through water and sanitation board Enohsa.
The system will supply 60,000 inhabitants and is expected to put an end to water supply and distribution problems in El Calafate. The town is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Los Glaciares national park.