Finally, the Legislature has approved a loan from the French government which is part of the funding required to renovate the water treatment plant in Las Pavas, La Libertad.
From a statement issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:
Following the ratification of the loan agreement between the Government of El Salvador and NATIXIS (Department of Institutional Activities), in the French Republic, with which the water supply in the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador will be guaranteed, deputies have pointed out the benefits which will arise from the renovation of the water treatment plant in Las Pavas for the inhabitants of the greater San Salvador area and thanked the French ambassador to the country, David Izzo, for the interest shown over the approval and ratification of the loan.
The specifications for the tender for a $158 million water treatment plant to be built in Panama, include the need to have experience in at least two similar projects in Latin America.
The requirement eliminates from the competition firms from countries outside of Latin America that have global experience but not exactly in this region, which analysts say represents a violation of free trade and protection of investment treaties signed by Panama with other countries, specifically with the United States.
The Varela administration is considering granting a concession for the production of drinking water in the Lake Bayano reserve and developing the Indian River watershed.
Securing a future water supply in a country where the average consumption is twice that of other Latin American countries should be a priority for the government, the private sector claims. In response, President Varela announced the possibility of granting a concession for drinking water production in Lake Bayano, east of the city.
Tender specifications are being prepared for the construction of separate water treatments plant in Ngäbe Bugle and Soloy, with estimated costs of $35 million and $30 million.
The pipeline planned in the district of Ngäbe Bugle will be located on the Copper River, and in addition to this work, the streets in the area will be renovated and a bridge built in Buenos Aires, where electrification works will also be carried out.
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