Tamaulipas wavers on US$450mn pipeline project

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mexico's Tamaulipas state is reconsidering a 6bn-peso (US$450mn) tender to build the Falcón-Matamoros potable water pipeline due to a lack of water resources in the Bravo river basin, according to urban development and environment minister Homero de la Garza.

The 262km pipeline would channel water from the Falcón reservoir in the Bravo basin to border town Matamoros, benefiting nine municipalities in the area, local daily El Universal reported.

"We've talked to the national water commission (CNA) and have two alternatives: one is to use water from the Azufrosa stream in Soto La Marina and build a potable water pipeline towards border municipalities; the other option is to perforate deeper into the subsoil. We're working on both options," said de la Garza.

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The city's border towns need an estimated water supply of 5m3/s, and an additional 3m3/s in the future, according to the report. By 2030, the border town populations will have grown by 6%. Currently, some 50% of the local population resides in these communities.