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The government of Chile's southern region IX has approved some 2.17bn pesos (US$4.53mn) to finance projects to improve solid waste management in the region.
Around 223mn pesos will be used for construction of the Malleco Norte sanitary landfill in Malleco province's Collipulli neighborhood, the regional government website reported.
Funds will also be used to close open-air dumps in the neighborhoods of Gorbea, Pitrufquén, Loncoche and Melipeuco, in Cautín province.
President Sebastián Piñera was on hand to kick off work on the La Aguada park, which aims to control flooding in capital Santiago's central southern districts.
The linear park will run along a 4.7km highway stretch and will contain flooding caused in the rainy winter season, the public works ministry (MOP) said in a release.
The project will cost some 39bn pesos and will be carried out in five phases, with completion scheduled for 2015.
Guatemala's environment ministry Marn has created seven regional councils to help ensure compliance with new wastewater regulations.
The regulations require a progressive reduction in wastewater discharged into bodies of water and contamination levels in wastewater released into public sewers.
The first of four reduction deadlines is May 2, and the ministry expects only half of the 12,000 contaminators in the country to comply, Marn said in a release.
Panama City's Chilibre potable water plant has reached the city government's goal of producing 180Mg/d of water, according to the committee charged with solving the potable water shortage in the city.
The plant is now operating at 90% of its production capacity, according to a presidential release.
Record rainfall in early December contaminated the plant's water supply with sediment that exceeded its treatment capacity, causing a widespread water shortage throughout the city.