A consortium comprised of Brazilian engineering firms Aliter Construçoes e Saneamento and Enotec Engenharia has begun work on a 48mn-real (US$28.5mn) sanitation project in Sao Paulo city, a spokesperson from Sao Paulo state water utility Sabesp told BNamericas.
"The work is part of the Uberaba trunk sewer system and entails building the 2.4km Juruce pipeline in Moema," the spokesperson said, adding: "Installation should be finished by the end of 2013."
The project falls under phase III of the state's Tiete river cleanup project, according to a release by Sabesp (Bovespa: SBSP3, NYSE: SBS), which is overseeing work.
The pipeline will transport up to 540l/s of wastewater to the Pinheiros river interceptor and then on to the Barueri wastewater treatment plant, which is being expanded to increase capacity to 16m3/s from 9.5m3/s by the completion of Tiete phase III in 2016.
The Uberaba trunk sewer expansion is part of an overall initiative which entails building three trunk sewers aimed at avoiding overflow problems and strengthening the sewerage system network in the south of the city.
Approximately 17,000 residents in the neighborhoods of Itaim Bibi, Nova Conceiçao, Jardim Luzitania, Moema and Vila Olimpia will benefit from the work, according to the release.