Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has opened potable water and sanitation projects in Urabá region's Antioquia department worth a combined 65bn pesos (US$33.5mn).
The projects were carried out in the municipalities of Apartadó, Carepa, Chigorodó, Mutatá and Turbo, the housing, cities and land ministry (Minvivienda) said in a release.
Funding came from the national government (28bn pesos), water utility Aguas de Urabá (22.5bn pesos), and the Antioquia government (14bn pesos).
The projects have increased potable water coverage in Turbo to 89% from 56%, and in Chigorodó to 74% from 65%, while sanitation coverage in Mutatá has been boosted to 66% from 34%, according to Minvivienda minister Beatriz Uribe.
Up to 364,000 residents will benefit from the initiatives.
In 2012, Minvivienda plans to carry out 24bn pesos' worth of projects to improve potable water and sewerage service in seven other municipalities in Antioquia.