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The governor of Argentina's Santa Fe province, Hermes Binner, has launched work on the first phase of the Desvío Arijón potable water pipeline.
Work is being carried out over 42 months by a group comprised of local firms Pecam, Semac Construcciones, Brajkovic and Del Sol SRL, which was awarded the 205mn-peso (US$48.7mn) contract in July, the provincial website reported.
The initiative includes construction of a potable water plant that will be supplied by an intake on the Paraná river, a pumping station and cistern, and installing some 32km of pipeline to supply cities Desvío Arijón, Sauce Viejo and Santo Tomé in the central-western part of the province.
A second phase of the project, which will be tendered before construction of the first phase is completed, involves a distribution system to supply seven more towns and cities in the area.
Some 250,000 people are slated to benefit from the initiative.
The project is being carried out under a plan for a provincial pipeline system, which will include 12 pipelines and aims to supply water to the area for the next 30 years. The plan will require a total investment of some US$1.5bn.