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Peru's national government will transfer more than 162mn soles (US$58.8mn) to local governments and state-owned utilities to carry out 23 projects under the government's Agua Para Todos (water for everyone) program.
President Alan García has signed two supreme decrees authorizing the transfer of funds, the presidential office said in a release.
The first provides some 62mn soles for expansion and improvements to potable water and sewerage systems in Ancash, La Libertad, Ica, Amazonas, Arequipa, Huánuco, Lambayeque, Lima and Chiclayo regions.
The second includes 54.2mn soles for three public water and sewerage utilities and 46.7mn soles for water and sanitation system improvements in Arequipa, Loreto, Huancavelica, Huánuco, Lambayeque and Piura regions.
García also issued a supreme decree extending to July 31, 2013 the deadline to declare the feasibility of 24 sanitation projects prioritized by the housing, construction and sanitation ministry.
The decree applies to 19 potable water and sewerage projects that are still in the review and evaluation process and five others that are at the pre-investment stage.
In related news, national water authority ANA has issued a resolution to extend the reserve of water resources for the Chavimochic and Chinecas irrigation projects for two years.
The resolution allows for 1.24Mm3/y from the Santa river to be made available to the Chavimochic project, ANA said in a release.
The Chinecas project is allowed 1.29Mm3/y from the Santa river and 15.7Mm3/y from the Condorcerro water uptake.
The final phase of the Chavimochic project will cost some US$550mn and is scheduled to be tendered in June, according to previous reports.