Paraguayan and Argentine officials are set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss an unauthorized canal being built on the Argentine side of the binational Pilcomayo river, an official from Argentina's Salta province government told BNamericas.
Work on the 800m canal began on September 19, said the official, adding that authorities have yet to establish whether the work was carried out by the public or private sector.
Paraguay's public works minister (MOPC) Efrain Alegre submitted documentation to the foreign ministry on September 22 to file an official complaint against Argentina in fear of water losses on the Paraguayan side of the river.
Paraguayan officials said Argentina failed to inform or consult Paraguay about the project, violating agreements regarding the use of the binational river. The agreements establish that 50% of the waters can be used by Paraguay and the other half by Argentina, but Paraguayan authorities fear all of the water will be conducted to Argentina through the new canal.
MOPC is currently considering five alternatives to carry out works to ensure that at least 50% of the river's water remains available to Paraguay.