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Chile's public works ministry (MOP) will likely increase the budget for rural potable water systems (APRs) in northern region II in 2012, MOP's regional waterworks division (DOH) director, Gabriel Valdivia told BNamericas.
"The amount established for this year from MOP sector funds was 600mn pesos (US$1.32mn) for APR projects, which includes maintenance and new projects. For next year, that's likely to be increased to a budget of some 800mn pesos," Valdivia said.
DOH is committed to improving access to potable water in rural communities and will provide funding over the budgeted amount as long as projects are feasible and are presented with completed technical plans, the official added.
The region II waterworks division is also seeking financing from mining companies in the area, Valdivia said.
The full interview with Gabriel Valdivia will be published in this week's Water & Waste Perspectives, for subscribers only.