Mendoza seeking US$160mn to improve water, sanitation infrastructure

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Argentina's Mendoza province will seek US$160mn in financial support to improve water infrastructure and sanitation in the next 10 years under the province's strategic water plan, the local government reported in a release.

Mendoza governor Celso Jaque recently enacted a law authorizing provincial water utility Aguas Mendocinas (Aysam) and other local utilities to take on debt for projects to rebuild and improve infrastructure.

The law stipulates a debt ceiling of US$373mn for the utility, which will request US$160mn in a first stage, the provincial government said.

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Local authorities have already begun the process of requesting financing from national waterworks promotion and financing agency Enohsa for a project to rebuild the Campo Espejo sewerage system, and to launch work on the San Rafael wastewater treatment plant in town La Remonta.

State-controlled utility Aysam took over Mendoza's water and sanitation services last year, replacing Obras Sanitarias Mendoza (OSM).