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The Dominican Republic's President Leonel Fernández has opened two new potable water pipelines in Sánchez Ramírez province.
The pipelines, budgeted at 216mn pesos (US$5.72mn), were financed by the national government, and work was carried out by national water utility Inapa, the presidential website reported.
The 116mn-peso Jima Abajo pipeline will channel water from the Jima river, benefiting 17,000 residents in communities Jima Arriba, San Bartolo, La Lometa, Los Cerros and La Frontera.
The 99.8mn-peso La Cueva de Cevico pipeline will channel water from the Chacuey river, benefiting 10,168 people. The project includes a treatment plant with capacity to pump 30l/s.
With the launch of these works, the Fernández government has kicked off operations on 300 pipelines since taking office in 2004, spending some 50bn pesos in total.