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Brazil's cities ministry has approved 11.2mn reais (US$6.19mn) in funding for the mid-western state of Goiás and its water utility Saneago to improve wastewater collection coverage in two municipalities, a ministry spokesperson told BNamericas.
"The town of Piracanjuba has been allocated 7.9mn reais and the town of Goiás 3.3mn reais," the spokesperson said.
The Piracanjuba sewerage system will be expanded with 60km of collector pipeline, 5,612 domestic connections and new pumping facilities. The expansion should ensure universal access to wastewater collection services in the town, where 57% of residents currently have access.
As for Goiás, Saneago will install 10km of sewerage collectors and 1,024 building connections. Wastewater collection coverage will improve to 50% from 39%, according to the official.
The water utility has until January 17 to present project details, including technical, legal and financial documents and overall engineering plans. The deadline set to kick off works is June 29, 2012, the official added.
The cities ministry assigned the funds under the group III category of the national growth acceleration plan (PAC), which covers municipalities with up to 50,000 residents.