Brazil's national water authority ANA has earmarked 40mn reais (US$25.4mn) for its water basin cleanup program, Prodes, during 2011.
The program provides non-reimbursable funds for projects that effectively improve wastewater treatment, prioritizing construction of treatment plants along contaminated rivers, particularly in the eastern part of the country.
Municipalities and public utilities with wastewater treatment projects will be eligible to register for assistance until May 7 and the selected works will be announced on August 31, according to the ANA website.
Prodes contracts will cover 30% of project budgets in cities with more than 200,000 people, 30-100% in municipalities with populations between 20,000 and 200,000, and 100% for towns with less than 20,000 residents.
For this year, the maximum contract value is limited to 10mn reais.
Since its inception in 2001, Prodes has supported 42 projects with 152mn reais, benefiting some 5mn people in total.