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The government of Mexico's Sonora state capital Hermosillo has decided to seek technical advisory services for the commercial area of city water utility Agua de Hermosillo.
The decision comes following a study analyzing the utility's commercial operations completed for the city government by local firm Bal-Ondeo, paper El Imparcial reported.
Tender documents for the consultancy, which will last 14-18 months, are currently being drafted. The public service provision (PPS) contract could be extended to 5-10 years, according to the president of the city council's water committee, José Antonio Díaz Quintanar.
The winning firm will pay for the studies conducted by Bal-Ondeo, which cost some 1.25mn pesos (US$103mn), the report said.
Hermosillo mayor Javier Gándara Magaña has proposed concessioning Aguas de Hermosillo, which has struggled financially in recent years. Local residents and user groups oppose the move.