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Colombia's environment, housing and territorial development ministry (MAVDT) has pledged to spend 1.5tn pesos (US$839mn) on its departmental water plans this year, according to environment minister Beatriz Uribe.
"At the end of [President Santos'] four-year government [in 2014], we will have 2.8mn new potable water connections and 4.5mn new sewerage connections," Uribe said in a statement.
So far, Santos' government has spent 92bn pesos on studies and designs for water projects and 613bn pesos' worth of projects have been approved.
MAVDT plans to spend 5.19tn pesos on water infrastructure by 2014 under its departmental water plans, BNamericas reported previously.