Water and sanitation systems to receive US$88mn

Monday, October 3, 2011

Paraguay is set to expand its potable water and sanitation coverage under an US$88mn program backed by IDB and the Spanish government.

The Spanish cooperation fund for water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean has provided a US$60mn grant to Paraguay's government, while IDB has approved a US$20mn loan. An additional US$8mn will be sourced locally, according to an IDB release.

The funds will be used to benefit 190,000 people in the Chaco area and medium-sized cities in the country's eastern region.

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Work includes installing potable water lines, distribution networks, storage tanks, pumping stations, indoor plumbing, rainwater capture and storage systems, and solutions for low-income and indigenous communities.

The program also includes the long-term sustainable management and maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure, the release said.