Argentina's Santa Fe water utility Aguas Santafesinas has signed a contract with local construction firm Ingeniero Pellegrinet to build the first phase of the Gran Rosario potable water system.
The first stage of work will cost 19.8mn pesos (US$4.93mn) and will wrap up in 10 months' time. The project involves building an intake on the Paraná river in Granadero Baigorria, along with a water pumping system and access dock.
The contract was awarded to Pellegrinet following a public tender held under a new system that favors the participation of local companies, said provincial governor Hermes Binner. Other bidders included Supercemento; Constructora Mak; Obring; Mundo Construcciones; Arijón y Ranea and Milicic.
The Gran Rosario project will require a total investment of 228mn pesos, and includes building a potable water treatment plant, pumping stations and a water tank. Work is slated for completion in 2013.
The project is part of Santa Fe's 1.4bn-peso potable water program for 2010-15, which aims to provide universal potable water access throughout Santa Fe.