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Mexico's Jalisco state government, through its water authority CEA, has issued a call for expressions of interest in a consultancy tender for city Tlajomulco de Zuñiga.
The winning firm will have 120 days to complete a comprehensive analysis of the current water utility, according to the tender document on CEA's website.
Firms have until April 6 to submit expressions of interest, after which CEA will shortlist qualified firms for the tender, which is being financed by an IDB loan approved in February 2009.
The study will be used to develop a plan to improve management, efficiency and investment, with the aim of improving potable water, sewerage and sanitation service in the city and enabling the utility to be technically and financially self-sufficient.
The authority is planning to launch a similar tender in Jalisco state's El Salto city.
Firms have until April 6 to submit expressions of interest for the project, which will be financed by the same IDB loan.
In addition, CEA has awarded five tenders to complete a study of the functionality of the sanitation infrastructure in the El Ahogado basin as part of a comprehensive sanitation program for the urban areas surrounding state capital Guadalajara.
The tender for zone 1, the city of Tlaquepaque, was awarded to Velázquez Ingeniería Ecológica for 2.03mn pesos (US$169,357), according to information on CEA's website.
Supervisiones y Proyectos de Lara won the contract for zone 2, the city of Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, with a bid of 1.38mn pesos, while zone 3, El Salto city, went to firm Middid for 2.21mn pesos.
Contracts for zones 4 and 5, Tonolá and Zapopan city respectively, were awarded to Velázquez and firm Ayma Ingenería y Consultoría.
The projects will be financed by the same IDB loan approved in February 2009.
The firms completing work on zone 2 will have 122 days to complete the consultancy, while the remaining companies have 150 days to finish the studies.