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Chile's agriculture ministry will provide 1bn pesos (US$2.12mn) in funding to help alleviate water scarcity in central-northern region IV, according to a regional government release.
The funds will be added to 560mn pesos from the regional government, said President Sebastián Piñera, adding that the government realized the 200mn pesos made available by agriculture development agency INDAP was insufficient to deal with the problems affecting the region.
In northernmost region XV, the regional government is finalizing its water plan, which includes construction of the Livilcar and Chironta reservoirs, according to governor Rodolfo Barbosa.
Livilcar will cost some 35bn pesos while Chironta will require an investment of US$80mn, BNamericas reported previously.
Barbosa said he was able to reduce the timetable for the latter, which is part of a US$900mn investment in reservoirs recently announced by the public works ministry (MOP), by 15 months.
A tender for the Pampa Concordia project, which aims to provide irrigation for 1,500ha of land, will also be launched soon, according to Barbosa. The project will reportedly cost some US$10,000/ha, or US$15mn in total.
El Salvador's national water and sewerage authority Anda has completed a program to improve its operational capacity, the authority reported on its website.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) financed the US$4.4mn initiative, which aimed to reduce water losses in capital San Salvador's potable water distribution system.
The program, which was launched in 2009, provided training to identify leaks in the system. The capital's water system currently loses a large amount of water due to pipeline leaks.
Mexico's national water authority Conagua director José Luis Luege has met with the federal district public works director Fernando Aboitiz Saro to discuss plans for the Supervía Poniente highway project.
Luege expressed concern over the impact the project will have on the ravines and aquifer replenishment zones near construction sites.
Aboitiz said he would submit an application to Conagua for the necessary permit to continue the project. In turn, Luege said he would support infrastructure projects provided they do not pose a threat to water sustainability, particularly in the Mexico valley water basin.