Sanecap seeks funding for World Cup sanitation preparations

Monday, January 3, 2011

Brazilian water utility Sanecap, serving Mato Grosso state capital Cuiaba, is seeking funds to improve the city's basic sanitation in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, technical director Jacirio Maia Roque told BNamericas.

The utility, which is currently studying various potable water and sewerage projects, is looking for funding from both the state and federal governments.

"By the end of January, after studies have been completed, we will know the exact amount of funding that will be needed," Roque said.

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The company's initial proposal calls for construction of at least three water treatment plants and may include replacing the entire water supply system surrounding the Pantanal arena, where soccer games will be held, according to the executive.

Some of the planned works will be eligible for funding under the national growth acceleration plan (PAC). World Cup-related projects will be under the jurisdiction of the Pantanal region's World Cup projects agency, Agecopa.

Currently, 98% of Cuiaba receives intermittent potable water service, while wastewater collection and treatment coverage in the city is at 30%.