Sanaa to begin US$25mn rural water, sanitation program

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Honduran national water authority Sanaa is beginning a three-year program to improve access to potable water and sanitation for rural communities, Sanaa's technical division director Julio Velarde told BNamericas.

Under the initiative, feasibility studies, new construction and improvements to existing potable water and sanitation systems will be carried out across the country, Velarde said.

The program is being financed by a US$25mn donation from the Spanish government's Latin America water cooperation fund, which will be administered by IDB.

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The authority has completed preliminary studies with its own funds and has identified projects in some 400 communities which could qualify for funding, the director said.

Sanaa engineers will complete studies for less complex projects and those which have the most immediate demand, while remaining studies will be carried out by engineers from the private sector, Velarde said. The authority plans to begin feasibility studies within about 30 days.

Construction will be completed with help from local communities and is expected to begin immediately after feasibility studies are approved.

With the funds provided, Sanaa expects to be able to finance about 100 projects, Velarde added.