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Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo has officially launched a tender for the Chaco potable water pipeline project, aimed at expanding drinking water coverage to the country's eastern region.
The project will require a total investment of US$88mn. The Spanish cooperation fund for water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean has provided a US$60mn grant, while IDB has approved a US$20mn loan. An additional US$8mn will be sourced locally.
Work will be carried out in two stages. The first includes building a 202km potable water pipeline from Puerto Casado to Loma Plata, according to a presidential release.
The second stage involves building distribution networks and sanitation systems in Filadelfia, Neuland, Villa Choferes del Chaco, Cruce Los Pioneros, Manuel Irala Fernández and Lolita.
Additional work includes building storage tanks, pumping stations, indoor plumbing, rainwater capture and storage systems, and solutions for low-income and indigenous communities.
Some 190,000 people are slated to benefit from the initiative.