The Peruvian government plans to spend 522mn soles ( US$160mn) on 180 potable water and sewerage projects in Cusco region through 2021, part of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski`s drive to increase investment in water infrastructure.
The southeastern Cusco region, which is home to copper mines operated by Glencore and Hudbay Minerals in addition to the Camisea gas fields, is also a major coffee producer and tourist destination.
“Our goal is that by 2021, 100% of Cusco urban residents have reliable water connections,” housing and construction minister Carlos Bruce said in a statement. “So we`ll keep investing until we reach that target.”
Bruce, who took over the ministry in September, inspected the 41.2mn-sol ( US$12.7mn) potable water and sewerage project in Cusco`s San Sebastin district, according to the statement. The initiative, which is 70% complete, will benefit over 27,000 residents with a reservoir, pumping chambers and potable water and sewerage pipelines.
Bruce also inaugurated a 7mn-sol potable water and sewerage project in Cusco`s Quispicanchi province. The works, which will benefit 7,000 residents of Andahuaylillas district, involves a sewerage treatment plant, potable water, sewerage piping and two reservoirs.
SUYARIDA RESERVOIR INAUGURATED
In other water infrastructure news, deputy irrigation infrastructure minister Jaime Salomn inaugurated the 11mn-sol Suyarida reservoir in La Libertad region`s Santiago de Chuco district. The project will irrigate 1,154ha of land in the northern highland area, state news agency Andina reported.
President Kuczynski, who met with infrastructure investors at the APEC summit in Vietnam earlier this month, has embarked on a 50bn-sol drive to extend potable water and sewerage services to 100% of the population by 2021. The housing ministry plans to spend 7bn soles on potable water and sewerage services in 2018.
The government has invested over 3bn soles in potable water and sewerage projects around the country since taking office in July 2016, Kuczynski said.
“We`re pushing hard with the water issue,” Kuczynski said in a statement. “But we all have to work together, because this goes hand-in-hand with sewerage treatment.”
Kuczynski last month announced that work will start next year on a US$437mn project to build 10 sewerage treatment plants in the Lake Titicaca basin.
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