Morales opens US$14mn Cochabamba water system expansion

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has officially opened an improved potable water system in Cochabamba, costing some 97.5mn bolivianos (US$14mn).

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated 92.3mn bolivianos for the initiative, and the municipal government covered the remaining 5.2mn bolivianos, the environment and water ministry (MMAyA) said in a release.

Work was carried out by Hazama Corporation and involved expanding the Aranjuez potable water treatment plant and the pipelines channeling water from the plant to the department's south-eastern sectors. Additional work involves expanding secondary pipelines and metering systems.

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During the inauguration ceremony, Morales and government officials also signed an agreement to transfer 21.7mn bolivianos to build a sewerage network in Cochabamba's district 14.

The project falls under a water and sanitation program for outlying urban communities, for which the Spanish government and IDB have provided some US$100mn.

A tender to carry out the project is due to be launched on Sunday (Sep 18), according to the report.