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.
DISTRICT 14 PROJECT
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.