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Seoul City to bring clean water to Peru residents

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will install water pipelines and build a water filtration plant in Chanchamayo, Peru, a city where the mayor is Korean.

The Seoul government said yesterday it will use the city’s 1 billion won ($867,900) international cooperation fund to build a 3,000-meter (3,280-yard) water pipeline and a water filtration plant to improve the city’s water intake facilities which will help people suffering from a water shortage.

According to the Seoul government, Mayor Park Won-soon pledged to carry out the project when he visited Chanchamayo and met mayor Jeong Heung-won back in May of last year. Officials from the Office of Waterworks of the city government visited the region for preliminary checks of the area.

Jeong became the first Korean to be elected mayor of a South American city in 2010.

Seoul officials said that only about 10 percent of Chanchamayo’s residents are able to use tap water and the remaining residents use water from a nearby river.

The current pipeline is 40-years-old and many of the intake facilities were damaged in floods. The city government said it will finish designing the pipeline by November and complete the entire project by 2014.

The Seoul government expects this project can lead to more exports of waterworks construction in South America while it also helps a city that is managed by a Korean mayor.


BY KWON SANG-SOO [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]
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