Roundup: CDB, Puebla potable water, DF gully rescue, UN agreement

- Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Roundup: CDB, Puebla potable water, DF gully rescue, UN agreement

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has provided a US$250,000 loan to the government of Barbados for irrigation and drainage feasibility studies, according to a release.

State-owned Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation will carry out the study over a 212ha site in River Plantation, St Philip.

The study is part of the government's strategy to develop the agricultural sector using improved irrigation and drainage systems and improved production technologies.

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Mexico's Puebla government began the second stage of its Agua Para Siempre (Water Forever) program Tuesday (Jul 19) with a 27mn-peso (US$2.32mn) investment.

The state government will invest 10mn pesos, with the additional money coming from NGOs and municipal funds, according to a presidential release.

Funds will be used for the conservation and improvement of the Mixteca water basin.

State governor Rafael Moreno is currently in discussions with Oaxaca governor Gabino Cué to extend the water basin cleaning programs to the neighboring state.

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Mexican national water authority Conagua plans to invest 18.5mn pesos to repair two gullies in the federal district (DF).

Extensive building work in the city's Miguel Hidalgo neighborhood has led to the deterioration of gullies and forested areas, which in turn has led to reduced water filtration.

Conagua plans to repair the Barrilaco and Tecamachalco gullies by channelling the 18.5mn-peso investment through its potable water and sanitation program for urban areas (Apazu).

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Finally, Mexico's Querétaro government signed a collaboration agreement with the UN on Tuesday (Jul 19) involving the provision of potable water in the state.

The agreement aims to extend potable water coverage to 100% of the state's residents, according to a state government release.

The aims seeks to strengthen the democratic management of water, with a focus on involving women.