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Colombia's royalty council has approved the allocation of 23.4bn pesos (US$12.2mn) for potable water and sanitation projects in Santander department, announced housing, cities and land minister (Minvivienda) Beatriz Uribe.
"These resources will allow projects to be carried out such as reconstruction and adaptation work on sewerage systems affected by the La Niña weather phenomenon, like those in Curiti municipality," a Minvivienda release quoted Uribe as saying. Curiti will receive 7.98bn pesos to repair its sewerage system.
Another 4.14bn pesos will go towards expanding the sand trap at a potable water treatment plant in San Gil municipality.
Some 6.4bn pesos will be used to build a sewerage network to expand coverage to Carrizal's Barrios Altos area, the Altos del Mirador area and the town of Miradores, which all currently lack sanitation coverage.
And in El Playón municipality, 4.89bn pesos have been approved for erosion prevention and flood mitigation work.
The projects will benefit some 115,000 people in Santander.
In 2011, the royalty council approved a total 600bn pesos to finance 76 potable water and sanitation projects nationwide.