Hermosillo to tender technical assistance for water utility

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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.

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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.