Colombia waterworks reach San Andrés, Providencia islands

Bnamericas Published: Monday, September 29, 2014

Colombia's housing minister Luis Felipe Henao Cardona and the country's vice president Germán Vargas Lleras visited the islands of San Andrés and Providencia to oversee potable water and sewerage projects totaling 46.6bn pesos (US$23mn).

Cardona and Vargas were present for during the launching of works to build a sewage system in the capital of the San Andrés y Providencia department, San Andrés. The project calls for 28.4bn pesos to expand sewerage coverage to 73% from 44% in the San Andrés urban area and will also provide 100% coverage for the Natania No.4 district.

In Natania, which currently does not receive any sewerage service, associated works began in June on the pumping station in the district. Works in San Andrés are expected to be completed in June 2016, Cardona said in a ministry release.

A potable water system in Providencia is 90% complete, Cardona added. Investment in the Providencia project totals 16.5bn pesos and, once completed, will provide 100% potable water services for island residents.

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