The Colombian government will provide an estimated 150bn-peso (US$60.9mn) budget to Meta department’s water plan during the next four years. [...] Environment minister Juan Lozano and Meta governor Darío Vásquez signed the contract [...] for the first phase of the department’s water plan.
The agreement allows the department to receive money from royalties deriving from oil exports in order to finance its water plan, while part of the funds will come from the nation’s annual budget. The initiative is part of a 15-year integral development plan aimed at expanding potable water and sewerage services, and ensuring service 24 hours a day, the official added. The plan will focus on urban areas before expanding to rural areas.
Source: Eva Medalla, BNamericas [subscription site], 10 Feb 2009