Work takes off on Caracas water projects

- Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Work takes off on Caracas water projects

Venezuela's environment ministry (Minamb) has kicked off work on projects to boost the supply of potable water in La Vega district in capital city Caracas, Miranda state.

Work to be carried out in the Las Casitas neighborhood includes building a pumping station, pipelines and a water tank with capacity to store 800,000l, state news agency AVN reported.

The project falls under the "campaigning for water" plan for the capital district and Vargas and Miranda states. The program, which launched in March, aims to secure access to safe water to those families that currently receive only sporadic service.

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The US$880mn Tuy IV water program will also benefit the greater Caracas area. The project is due to wrap up in June and involves building an 84m dam on the Cuira river in Barlovento, Miranda state, which will have capacity to store 700Mm3 of water.

Works also include building a pipeline supplying 21,000l/s of water from the Cuira river to capital Caracas and neighboring Valles del Tuy district, benefiting some 1mn residents.