Roundup: Rural potable water, Epsel meters, Yguazú lake cleanup

- Monday, May 23, 2011

Roundup: Rural potable water, Epsel meters, Yguazú lake cleanup

Chile's government plans to invest some 30bn pesos (US$63.4mn) in rural potable water systems (APRs) this year, President Sebastián Piñera said during his annual state of the union address.

The government is also developing a national water resource strategy and water infrastructure and management plan for each of the country's regions, which will prioritize investments through 2018.

The plans aim to increase the availability of water through construction of new reservoirs, lining canals, and promoting technical improvements in irrigation, the government said in a release.

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Also in Chile, the public works ministry (MOP) held training for operators of more than 93 APRs in southern region IX to improve management and administration.

The workshop was held by the regional waterworks department DOH and water utility Aguas Araucanías, the regional MOP office said in a release.

The region has 188 rural potable water systems, benefiting some 108,658 residents.

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Peru's state-owned water utility Epsel, which serves northwestern region Lambayeque, is installing 856,221 new water meters free of charge, according to its president, Percy Quesquén Díaz.

Epsel is funding the 3.86mn-sol (US$1.4mn) project and is planning to launch a tender to install the meters, which will be benefit residents in three cities and 21 districts, state news agency Andina reported.

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The government of Paraguay's Alto Paraná department has signed on to a project carried out by the environment ministry (Seam) and the Caaguazú department government to clean up the Yguazú lake.

The initiative aims to improve environmental conditions at the man-made lake, which was built to provide water for the Acaray reservoir in case of drought, Seam said in a release.

Seam signed a cooperation agreement for the project with Caaguazú department on March 2.