Govt to invest US$4mn in waterworks projects in region XV

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Chilean government will invest 2.11bn pesos (US$4.03mn) in waterworks projects to strengthen the river basins of the San José, Lluta and Camarones rivers, located in northernmost region XV.

Work involves the partial channeling of the three rivers to mitigate the effects of excess rainfall in the Andes during the region's rainy season, the so-called Invierno Altiplánico, a press release from the regional government reads.

Channeling work and the installation of gabions to strengthen a section of San José river closest to the regional capital Arica will cost 620mn pesos.

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"[These projects] will mitigate and prevent damage caused by flooding on the rivers," region XV governor José Durana said, adding the project ensures sufficient water for farmers.

The projects are being carried out by the waterworks division (DOH) of Chile's public works ministry (MOP).