Water & Waste: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, August 24, 2018

ARGENTINA

Public works minister Rogelio Frigerio opened a 897mn-peso (US$30mn) wastewater treatment plant in the city of Mar del Plata.

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BRAZIL

The PSB party went to the supreme court in an attempt to block a recent provisory measure signed by President Temer introducing new sanitation contract rules.

Former footballer Romário Faria, who is the frontrunner in Rio de Janeiro's governorship race, has pledged to review plans to sell water utility Cedae if elected.

CHILE

Antofagasta's regional government recommended the rejection of Minera Escondida's EIS to extend extraction of groundwater for a giant copper mine in the Atacama desert.

COSTA RICA

The legislative assembly approved a bill allowing for new boundaries for the Lomas de Barbudal biological reserve, thus enabling progress on the Paacume water supply program.

EL SALVADOR

Members of the environment and climate change committee are close to approving a new article of the comprehensive water bill that is currently being drafted.

MEXICO

The water plan for the international airport being built east of Mexico City will not completely prevent floods in the area, according to a study by a former Conagua director.

Officials from water authority Conagua will meet with representatives of Spanish Abengoa to negotiate the retaking of the concession for El Zapotillo pipeline.

PARAGUAY

State-owned water utility Essap will increase potable water rates by 21.9% and sewerage rates by 1% in September.

PERU

The agriculture and irrigation ministry announced that it is close to confirm 18 water infrastructure projects with the private sector under the works for taxes plan.