Agencies unite to stimulate Rio Grande do Norte sanitation

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ten Brazilian public health and environment agencies signed a technical cooperation agreement on Monday (Oct 17) to stimulate basic sanitation in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte.

State water utility Caern has joined the group to provide technical support in developing municipal sanitation plans with the support of the Saber Sanear (knowing sanitation) training course, the company said in a release.

Plans will be coordinated by the public ministry and state environmental protection and water resources department and will cover potable water supply, wastewater collection and treatment, solid waste management and drainage projects.

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Municipal sanitation plans are required to access sector funding from Brazil's federal budget or from federally-run agencies. The plans must include a detailed diagnosis and map out short, medium, and long-term goals to achieve universal service coverage.

The Rio Grande do Norte federal university (UFRN), the state's public health ministry, municipalities federation, city councils federation and environmental agency Idema have signed the agreement.

Also participating are national health foundation Funasa and the local unit of Brazilian sanitary and environmental engineering association Abes.