São Paulo announces program to clean up Billings reservoir

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The government of São Paulo state in Brazil has announced a major program for the environmental cleanup of the Billings reservoir, with investments of 202mn reais (US$62.5mn).

The project will be divided into two phases. The first comprises the installation of 51km of collector pipelines, 9.5km of trunk pipelines and 34 lifting stations to pump sewage, with a total budget of 94mn reais. The project will be carried out via state water utility Sabesp, with funding provided by the utility, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and state development bank BNDES.

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A second stage of works will be launched later this year with the publication of a public notice to hire services, which is expected to be launched by the end of this month. This second phase will involve investments of 108mn reais.

"We are starting a great project for the metropolitan region of São Paulo, for the ABC [region] and especially for São Bernardo do Campo, which is the decontamination of the Billings reservoir," said state governor Geraldo Alckmin (pictured), adding that a billion liters of raw sewage will be removed from the reservoir each month.