Brazil's Espírito Santo state water company Cesan plans to invest 278mn reais (US$173mn) this year, according to a company statement.
The utility aims to reach 60% wastewater treatment coverage in state capital Vitória by year-end as part of its Águas Limpas program, which aims to make the city the first state capital in Brazil with 100% wastewater treatment coverage.
Cesan spent 172mn reais (US$107mn) on wastewater treatment and collection in 2010, boosting coverage to 45.6% from 37%.
Covering 52 municipalities in all, the utility spent a total of 260mn reais throughout last year, including investments in water supply networks.
Cesan supplies potable water to 2.2mn people and provides sewerage service for 983,500 people.