MOP spent US$33mn on region VII waterworks repairs

Friday, March 4, 2011

Chile's public works ministry (MOP) has spent some 15.7bn pesos (US$33.1mn) on emergency works to repair hydraulic infrastructure in south-central region VII that was damaged by the February 2010 earthquake.

In total, the ministry spent 33.6bn pesos on infrastructure reconstruction and will spend 16bn pesos through 2014 to complete repairs, including highway, port, public building and waterworks projects, the regional MOP office said in a release.

MOP's waterworks division spent 9.5bn pesos to repair irrigation systems including the Cumpeo de Río Claro, Maule Norte and Pencahue canals in Talca province, the Putagán and Melozal canals in Linares province, and the Digua irrigation canal in Parral province.

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The ministry also spent 6.2bn pesos to repair 92 of the 266 existing rural potable water systems.