Roundup: Region XI investments, Anda projects, Tavera-Bao reservoir

- Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Roundup: Region XI investments, Anda projects, Tavera-Bao reservoir

Chile's government is planning some US$760mn in investments in southern region XI during the 2010-14 period under its regional development plan, according to President Sebastián Piñera.

Planned water projects include construction of storm drains to reduce flooding by 60%, the government said in a release.

Authorities also plan to build six new sanitary landfills, three new rural sewerage systems and six new rural potable water systems.

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El Salvador's national water and sewerage authority Anda is channeling 76mn colones (US$8.69mn) to improve potable water service in urban areas including capital San Salvador, with three major initiatives planned for this year.

The Las Pavas potable water plant, serving the greater San Salvador area, has capacity to produce 426,720m3/d. However, the facility is only capturing some 288,000m3/d due to faulty equipment, Anda said in a release.

The utility will carry out repairs to boost production at the plant by 100,000m3/d, increase uptake from the Ilopango lake by 1m3/s and drill a new well in Colón, La Libertad department.

Anda is also studying plans to replace the 80-year-old pipelines in San Salvador's historic center, the release said.

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The Dominican Republic's committee for reservoir management has ordered that the Tavera-Bao reservoir in Santiago province reduce the amount of water being used for hydroelectric power and irrigation. The move is needed to conserve water for human consumption, Santiago province water utility Coraasan said in a release.

A drought has affected all of the country's reservoirs, with Tavera-Bao in particular losing some 132Ml or 10cm each day.