The town of Aparecida in southeastern Brazil's São Paulo state is requesting 5mn reais (US$3.18mn) in funding from the state and federal governments for municipal drainage works, projects secretary Fabiano Dias told BNamericas.
"The work has been under study by the city hall for more than two years now. It entails channeling 900m of the Itaú river which cuts through the neighborhood of Parque Residencial Itaguaçu," Dias said.
The request comes shortly after the completion of final studies into the river basin, which were completed by state water and electricity department DAEE in late June.
The drainage project calls for U-shaped concrete staves that will be 3m wide and 2.5m deep, allowing for a water flow of up to 25,000l/s, Dias said.
A stormwater drainage system will also be built on the avenue adjacent the river, including 540m of concrete pipes. Work is expected to start in 2012.
Aparecida is located 168km northeast of state capital São Paulo.