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Mexico's national water commission, Conagua, plans to tender the construction of the Paso Ancho dam in Oaxaca state in October, Oscar Hernández, Conagua sub-director of potable water, drainage and sanitation told BNamericas.
"During the rest of the year we plan to carry out 2,787 projects of different sizes and, included in that, will be the tender for Paso Ancho," said Hernández on the sidelines of the capital projects and infrastructure summit being held in Mexico City.
With total investments estimated at 2.6bn pesos (US$193mn), the Paso Ancho dam will guarantee potable water supply for some 500,000 residents in Oaxaca city and surrounding municipalities for the next 30 years.
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Conagua has a budget of 22bn pesos for the rest of the year and plans to carry out projects in key areas such as potable water and wastewater treatment.
Other key tenders expected in the next six months include construction of the stormwater drainage tunnel Emisor Poniente II that will run parallel to the existing drainage tunnel in the west of the Mexico Valley, wastewater collection systems in Saltillo, Coahuila state, a desalination plant in La Paz, Baja California Sur and a new water distribution system for Acapulco, Guerrero state.
When asked when investors could expect to see a tender for the Monterrey VI water pipeline, Hernández confirmed "possibly this year, but we still don't know and so if not this year, then the first quarter of 2014."
Conagua plans to carry out 43 flagship projects during the current administration, with the Monterrey VI water pipeline expected to be one of the largest.
The director confirmed that the first six months of the current administration have been spent dealing with projects left incomplete by the previous government.
"We have had to sort out some of the projects left behind from the previous administration, including the Atotonilco wastewater treatment plant and the Túnel Emisor Oriente stormwater drainage tunnel," said Hernández.