Roundup: New Idaan director, Panama City meters, MOP drainage project, Marn

Friday, May 6, 2011

Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli has appointed civil engineer Abdiel B Cano as the new executive director of state-owned water and sanitation utility Idaan.

The appointment must now be approved by congress, the presidential office said in a release.

Cano will replace outgoing director Manuel González Ruíz, who resigned from the post.

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Idaan has begun a program to install some 10,500 water meters in capital Panama City and neighboring San Miguelito district, the utility said in a release.

The sixth-month project will install new meters and replace damaged and obsolete meters in both domestic and commercial connections.

Idaan will install 6,300 meters in Panama City center and 4,200 in San Miguelito.


The waterworks division (DOH) of Chile's public works ministry (MOP) is building the Trapiche storm drainage system in south-central region VII city Curicó.

National regional development fund FNDR is financing the project, which will cost some 907mn pesos (US$1.92mn), DOH said in a release.

Construction, which is nearly 50% complete, includes a 1.38km main collector pipeline and two additional drainage pipelines measuring 518m and 104m respectively.


And Guatemala's environment ministry (Marn) has reached an agreement with Centro Universitario de Oriente (Cunori) to improve the monitoring and management of water resources in northeastern Chiquimula department.

Only 60% of the department's residents have access to water through pipelines, wells and springs, Marn said in a release.

Marn will provide technical support to Cunori to better analyze, map and monitor water resources in the department. Cunori is currently looking at possible locations for two rainwater collection systems, the release said.