Santos kicks off US$500mn Bogotá river sanitation tender

Friday, December 16, 2011

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has launched a tender for the first phase of the Bogotá river sanitation program.

Stage I work will require an investment of some US$500mn, of which US$250mn is being funded with a World Bank loan, and aims to clean up and control flooding on the river, according to a release on the presidential website.

Remediation work to double the river's capacity will be carried out on a stretch running from the Alicachín sector to Cota municipality in Cundinamarca department.

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Other work entails repairing embankments and dikes, which will further increase the river's capacity, according to Santos.

A later stage will involve building a 1.6tn-peso (US$830mn) wastewater treatment facility and pumping station in the capital city.

The program is being carried out by the central, Bogotá and Cundinamarca governments.