WATER & WASTE: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Provincial authorities in Neuquén in southern Argentina have presented a portfolio of 12 projects, worth over US$1.3bn, as part of the "Plan Patagonia" initiative announced in February to promote productive development of the south of the country.

Brazil

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-São Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin announced a capitalization plan for state water utility Sabesp during a visit to New York on Tuesday. The state is planning to create a holding company - with private sector participation - for the water and sanitation industry which would exercise direct shareholder control over Sabesp.

-Creditors of CAB Ambiental, the water and sanitation subsidiary of Brazil's Galvão group, intend to suspend the utility's debt restructuring plan as the company could lose a major contract with Mato Grosso state capital Cuiabá.

Chile

-Three new water reservoirs for central Chile's Valparaíso region (V) will be tendered in the second half of the year, according to regional public works representative Miguel Saavedra. The reservoirs are known as Las Palmas, Catemu and Cabildo.

-The "basic reconstruction" of the areas that were hit by floods and mudslides at Chile over the last weekend will require an investment of 20bn pesos (US$30mn), according to public works minister Alberto Undurraga.

Colombia

This year's rainy season in Colombia has left 389 dead and 22,000 families affected across 306 municipalities, according to the head of national disaster management office UNGRD, Carlos Márquez.

Mexico

-The Milpillas reservoir project, which includes the construction of a dam and a 160km aqueduct in the Mexican state of Zacatecas, is moving forward with the purchase of land where the project will be located, and the launch of bidding for relevant studies.

-The thermal solid waste treatment plant that is in the process of being built in Mexico City will not endanger the health of local residents, according to Jaime Slomianski, director of the local government's urban management agency AGU.

The project has been met with opposition from some local residents and environmental non-profits, who questioned the potential health impact that the facility would have on neighboring residents.

Regional

-Over 4.2mn inhabitants of the Caribbean and small islands on the Pacific Ocean live in areas prone to flooding caused by rising sea levels, a study published by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) reported.

-Meanwhile, IDB signed a memorandum of understanding with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) that will deepen the ties between both groups.