Chile's public works ministry (MOP) will invest at least 3.1bn pesos (US$6.63mn) this year in rural potable water systems (APRs) in the metropolitan region (RM), central-northern region IV and central-southern region VII.
MOP's waterworks division (DOH) is planning projects totaling some 625mn pesos for the metropolitan region, home to capital Santiago, the regional MOP office said in a release.
Regional MOP director Juan Antonio Muñoz was on hand to open the newly upgraded Cardonal Bajo potable water system in the RM's Paine district, which cost some 142mn pesos.
In region IV, DOH kicked off work on two new APRs, which will cost 470mn pesos, according to the regional MOP office.
Future plans for the region include a new storage tank and pressurized distribution system for Illapel district, some 3km downstream of the El Bato reservoir. In Ovalle district, work has begun on the Valdivia de Punilla-Lorenzo Peralta APR.
Construction is expected to take about 300 days to complete and both systems are scheduled to begin operating in February 2012.
In region VII, DOH will spend some 2bn pesos to build and expand APRs near regional capital Talca and in Curicó, Linares and Cauquenes.