Copasa to invest US$137mn in Divinópolis sanitation works

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Brazil's Minas Gerais state utility Copasa (Bovespa: CSMG3) has earmarked 220mn reais (US$137mn) for sanitation works in the city of Divinópolis.

Of that amount, some 145mn reais will be used to improve sewerage services, including the construction of a new sewerage system and a wastewater treatment plant that will benefit some 220,000 people, according to a Copasa release.

Funds will also go toward cleaning up the Itapecerica river that runs 29km through the city, and into which sewage is released untreated.

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The remaining amount will cover works to improve water supply in the city, the release said.

Copasa supplies potable water in 611 municipalities to about 12.6mn customers and provides sewage services in 194 municipalities to some 7.1mn customers.

Approximately 40,894km of pipelines and 4mn connections make up the company's water supply system. Copasa's sewerage network provides about 2.3mn connections through 15,039km of pipelines.