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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Paraguay / Mejorar servicios de agua y saneamiento en Paraguay

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Paraguay: WB Approves US$64 Million to Improve Water, Sanitation for Most Vulnerable
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$64 million loan to increase the efficiency, coverage and sustainability of water and sanitation services in Paraguay. The project will directly benefit almost 17 percent of Paraguayans, especially the most vulnerable […]

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    Cleaning Up the Medellín River / Limpieza del río Medellín

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Medellín will complete historic river clean-up with IDB financing

    $450 million loan will help turn Colombia’s second largest city into one of Latin America’s cleanest urban areas

    The City of Medellín will complete an ambitious program to rehabilitate a vital river and improve the quality of life of local communities with up […]

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    Improving Potable Water & Sewage Treatment in Mexico

    Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

    According to Mexico’s Environment Secretariat, SEMARNAT, at the end of 2008 Mexico finally reached a 90% rate for providing potable water to its population (it has been hovering at 89% for several years), representing 92.73 million inhabitants.
    Additions in sewage connections have raised Mexico’s sanitation service coverage nationally to 86.1%.
    In 2008 49 sewage treatment plants were […]

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    Rio’s Commitment to Tackle Sewage and Trash

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    It’s a bit of an open secret that the state of Rio de Janeiro, beautiful as it is, has a serious trash problem.  Litter is ubiquitous.  Trash (particularly drink containers) choke many waterways and drainage systems.  While the state has a reasonably good record in providing waste pick-up services to its residents, disposal has been […]

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    Support for Colombia’s Water and Sanitation Reforms

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports Colombia’s water and sanitation reforms
    US$250 million loan tied to program to reach universal service coverage in Colombian cities and sharply reduce the coverage gap in rural areas by 2019
    Colombia will consolidate its water and sanitation service delivery model and will seek to accelerate service expansion efforts as part […]

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    US$200 mil. for Water & Sanitation in Argentina / US$200 milliones para agua y saneamiento en Argentina

    Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Argentina receives US$200 million in financing for potable water and sanitation program
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$200 million loan to expand potable water and sanitation services in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area and suburbs.
    This project is part of a wider expansion program which seeks to add 1.5 […]

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    A New Fund for Water and Sanitation in LAC / Nuevo fondo para agua y saneamiento en ALC / Novo fundo para água e saneamento em ALC

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB and Spain establish new fund to improve water and sanitation in Latin America and Caribbean
    The government of Spain and the Inter-American Development Bank signed an agreement to cooperate in the execution of the Fund for Cooperation for Water and Sanitation, a Spanish initiative that is expected to provide up […]

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    Generating Power from Sewage Treatment Stations

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    The idea has been around awhile among industry experts: find a way to capture the methane normally released from sewage treatment plants, and utilize it to generate power while cutting or eliminating the plant’s releases of a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) — and perhaps get carbon credits for doing so.  But the Sanitation Company of […]

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    Progress Toward MDGs in Sanitation in LAC

    Sunday, August 17th, 2008

    One of my first posts here on The Temas Blog concerned the 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) progress report on reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) regarding drinking water and sanitation. So it’s probably fitting as I approach the second anniversary of the The Temas Blog to be discussing the latest update just released […]

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    IDB Help for Sanitation & Waste Management in Manaus / Apoio do BID para Saneamento e Gestão dos Resíduos em Manaus

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    Temas Observations: Two small points about this loan: (1) this loan comes close on the heels of Fiocruz’s announcement of a major program to assess the environment and health challenges facing Manaus; (2) the loan was made to Amazonas state, not the municipality or the federal government.
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    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Brazil’s Amazonas gets IDB […]

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