Ministry allocates US$27.8mn to repair water, sewerage systems

Monday, January 31, 2011

Colombia's environment, housing and territorial development ministry has allocated 51.8bn pesos (US$27.8mn) through its departmental water plans (PDAs) to repair potable water pipelines and sewerage systems damaged by heavy flooding.

Of the total amount, 2.36bn pesos will be allocated to Antioquia district, where 21 municipalities have reported damage to water and sanitary services, according to environment minister Beatriz Uribe.

Another 359mn pesos have already been greenlighted to initiate works to reinforce the reservoir on the Bote river in Arboletes, repair and improve the main conduction pipeline in Fredonia, and repair potable water pipelines in Necoclí.

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The projects will be authorized by the water department's risk management team rather than passing through the usual project approval process, according to Uribe.

At least 156 municipalities in 21 departments have reported damage to potable water and sewerage infrastructure due to heavy rains and mudslides caused by an unusually harsh winter.