Argentina's Santa Fe province governor Hermes Binner has signed a contract to begin construction of the first stage of the Reconquista potable water pipeline project, budgeted at over 117mn pesos (US$27.7mn).
First-stage work will be carried out by a group composed of Cocyar, Proyección Electroluz and Empresa Constructora Pilatti, the provincial government said in a release.
Work is slated to wrap up in 40 months and involves building an intake and conduction pipeline on the Correntoso river as well as a pumping system and distribution network.
The government plans to tender the second and third stages of the project by year-end, which will cost 125mn pesos and 126mn pesos respectively.
The Reconquista pipeline system is due for completion by 2015 and aims to supply water for 100,000 residents in Avellaneda, Reconquista, Fortín Olmos, Nicanor Molinas and El Arazá.