Pipeline and sewerage repairs could cost over US$359mn - ministry

Friday, January 14, 2011

The cost of cleaning, restoring and repairing potable water pipelines and sewerage systems in flood-hit Colombia could total more than 670bn pesos (US$359mn), according to the environment, development and housing ministry.

Funding to the amount of 51.8bn pesos is available from the ministry's departmental water plans to address the immediate situation, according to a ministry release.

Authorities have set up a program for immediate attention to severely damaged water systems and has outlined short, medium and long-term plans to repair affected potable water systems.

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At least 156 municipalities within 21 departments have reported damage to potable water and sewerage infrastructure due to heavy rains and mudslides caused by an unusually harsh winter.