Fernández opens US$43mn El Calafate water system

Sunday, January 30, 2011

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.

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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.