Colombia's royalty council has approved 23.3bn pesos (US$12mn) for potable water and sanitation projects in departments Magdalena and Cundinamarca, according to housing, cities and land minister (Minvivienda) Beatriz Uribe.
Some 13bn pesos has been earmarked for Magdalena, of which 7.7bn pesos will go towards repairing pipelines to improve access to potable water and help prevent flooding, benefitting around 25,000 residents, according to a Minvivienda release.
Another 6.1bn pesos will be used to install wastewater collectors in the city of Santa Marta, benefitting 183,070 people.
"Local mayors and governments must begin prevention works in municipalities where water supply is scarce during summer and in those that experience flooding in winter," Uribe was quoted as saying.
Cundinamarca will receive 10.3bn pesos to improve water and sewerage networks. "These projects will increase the number of hours potable water is supplied and ensure quality service, especially for residents in urban municipalities," said Uribe.
Meanwhile, the city of Quipile will receive 3.62bn pesos to build potable water and sewerage systems, and Ricaurte will spend 3.6bn pesos to install potable water pipelines.
Another 3.12bn pesos will go to Caparrapí to repair potable water pipelines.
In 2011, the royalty council approved a total of 600bn pesos for 73 water and sanitation projects.