Sedapal to invest $965 million on water projects for Lima and Callao

State water utility company Sedapal will invest 2.7 billion soles ($965 million) in order to increase water coverage throughout Peru’s capital Lima and the seaport city of Callao by 2014, state news agency Andina reported.

“Sedapal’s investments are planned until 2012 and with them we will guarantee that the complete coverage of water and sewer systems in Lima and Callao will be ready by 2014. That is to say, there will be 100 percent coverage,” the vice president of the state company, Victor Lopez, said.

Over the last four years, Sedapal has invested approximately 1.28 billion soles in water works.

By the end of 2010, the company is aiming to have 93 percent water coverage in Lima and Callao.

Water supply and consumption are important issues in Lima, home to about a third of Peru’s population and located on the country’s arid coastal region.

The capital is the second largest desert city in the world after Cairo, Egypt, however a recent report showed that it also has one of the highest per capita rates of consumption.

Lima’s per capita consumption of water reaches 250 liters per day compared to 120-140 liters per day in cities in the European Union and 100 liters per day in Cairo.

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