Govt may add to planned US$591mn sanitation spending - official

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Peruvian government may add extra funding to its current 1.60bn-sol (US$591mn) budget to carry out sanitation projects next year under its Agua para Todos (water for all) program, housing, sanitation and construction ministry official Juan Carlos Barandiarán told BNamericas.

The government has allocated funds for 163 sanitation projects under the program, to be carried out from January-September, said Barandiarán, who is director of Agua Para Todos.

"Works consists of expanding water and sewerage services. Additionally, there are rehabilitation works on old water and sewerage pipelines," the official said in an emailed statement.

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The Lima region will receive the most funds, with 347mn soles to support 11 projects. Coastal regions Lambayeque and La Libertad follow behind, with 225mn soles and 133mn soles respectively.

Of the total projects, 61% are currently under way, while 24% - or 39 projects - are at the selection stage, according to figures from the ministry.

The ministry does not have a schedule for the projects' completion, as some of the work has been carried over from previous years, while other projects began construction this year, according to Barandiarán.

The projects will benefit some 400,000 people overall.