Roundup: El Alto waterworks, FCC pipeline contract, AyA investigation

- Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Roundup: El Alto waterworks, FCC pipeline contract, AyA investigation

Bolivia's La Paz water utility Epsas is due to launch works next week to build and expand water infrastructure in El Alto city, which neighbors capital La Paz.

The project is budgeted at US$5.5mn, and is being financed by Venezuelan development bank Bandes, the environment and water ministry (MMAyA) said in a release.

Work includes installing, expanding and repairing potable water and sewerage pipelines, improving wells which form part of the Tilata water system, pumping equipment, and expanding the Foreby potable water plant.

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Panama's congress has greenlighted a contract between the health ministry and FCC Construcción to build three sewerage pipelines worth a combined US$2.6mn.

The pipelines will be built in cities Matías Hernández (in Panamá province), Quebrada Palomo (Chiriquí) and Santa Rita (Colón), according to a presidential release.

Congress also approved an extension of the deadline for the construction firm to complete work, which the ministry and FCC requested due to extensive damage caused to water infrastructure by severe rains in 2009-10.

IDB is financing the works.

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The Costa Rican national assembly's permanent public income and spending committee will investigate the president of national water and sewerage utility AyA, Óscar Núñez, over allegations of misusing public funds.

The opposition citizen's action party (PAC) has said the AyA head used public resources to finance part of a trip to Mexico to accompany a female subordinate on a training course, the congressional website reported.