Housing ministry greenlights Barichara potable water pipeline project

Friday, October 7, 2011

Colombia's housing, cities and land ministry has greenlighted a project to build a potable water pipeline in the town of Barichara, Santander department.

The project is budgeted at 10.2bn pesos (US$5.23mn) and is being funded by the local and national governments, the ministry said in a release.

Work involves building an intake on the Chivirití stream, 18km of pipeline, a sand trap and a conduction line, and optimizing a potable water treatment plant in the area.

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The pipeline will increase capacity of the town's existing potable water pipelines by 200%, boosting supply of the resource to 24 hours daily from six hours per day, said housing, cities and land minister Beatríz Uribe.

The initiative falls under the ministry's departmental water plans and will benefit 10,000 Barichara residents.