Indrhi spent US$18mn on irrigation, flood control during 2010

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Dominican Republic's national water authority Indrhi spent some 684mn pesos (US$18.3mn) during 2010, according to its executive director Frank Rodríguez.

The authority spent some 461mn pesos on irrigation projects throughout the country, including the cleanup of 2,012km of canals as well as construction and repairs on 175 pumping stations.

Canal work was also carried out on rivers that are prone to flooding during the rainy season, Indrhi reported on its website.

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Flood control measures, which included work on the Baní river in Peravia province, the Panzo and Majagual rivers in Neiba province and Yuna and Payabo rivers in Durate province, required some 223mn pesos.

Two major irrigation projects also got underway during 2010; Aglipo III in Duarte province and the Monte Grande reservoir and Sabana Yegua dam project in Azua province.

Brazilian firm Andrade Gutiérrez signed a US$354mn contract earlier this month to begin work on the Monte Grande reservoir.