IDB to review Porto Alegre sewerage project

- Monday, November 24, 2003

IDB to review Porto Alegre sewerage project

An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) mission is slated to visit Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state capital Porto Alegre December 5 for a week-long visit to review a US$90mn sewerage upgrade project, Carlos Todeschini, director of the city's water utility DMAE, told BNamericas.

The visit will be the Bank's last, said Todeschini, adding that negotiations have gone well with the IDB, and although he said it is difficult to estimate when a financing agreement could be signed, it will probably be in the second semester of next year.

The IDB would finance 60% of the project, which aims to triple sewage treatment coverage to 77% from 27% by 2015, sending sewage from the Ponta da Cadeia, Cavalhada and Restinga systems to the Zona Sul treatment plant. Sewage collection reaches close to 100%.

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Called Programa Integrado Socioambiental, the project would also help clean up the area's Guaiba Lake, which receives untreated sewage from Porto Alegre and the polluted waters of the Gravatai and Sinos rivers.

Porto Alegre has some 2 million inhabitants and is a major industrial and shipping center in southern Brazil.

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