Puerto Rico to invest $900mn to upgrade water system

June 25th, 2008 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS  

San Juan (Puerto Rico), June 25 (IANS) Puerto Rico would invest $945 million over next 15 months to improve the Island country’s potable water system, Spain’s EFE news agency reported. The health department and the water and sewer authority have signed an agreement Tuesday to implement the project that will ensure quality potable water for people, the report said Tuesday.

As part of the project, the water authority would build infrastructure, upgrade the existing plants and conduct training programmes for the staff.

In addition, the government will invest $20 million on projects for preventing water contamination.

Chief of the water authority, Jose Ortiz Vazquez, said the agreement would improve the potable water situation in the country.

Health Secretary Rosa Perez Perdomo said: “The aim is to achieve total compliance on the part of the water authority to provide the country with an excellent potable water system.”

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