Corsan pushing to ensure US$28mn in sanitation funding for Santo Ângelo

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state water utility Corsan is pushing to guarantee 47mn reais (US$28.1mn) in sewerage service investments for the city of Santo Ângelo, a company spokesperson told BNamericas.

"Corsan president Arnaldo Dutra is in talks with mayor Eduardo Loureiro regarding the money, which should be coming from the growth acceleration plan (PAC)," the spokesperson said.

Santo Ângelo has yet to be allocated PAC funding despite renewing its concession contract with Corsan. However, other cities have already had funding approved despite failing to renew their contracts, according to Loureiro.

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Dutra has said Corsan will do everything in its power to ensure the city is allocated funding for sanitation. If municipal governments are found to be subcontracting sanitation services, the utility will push the cities ministry to redirect the funds elsewhere, the spokesperson said.

Santo Ângelo is located in the northwest of Rio Grande do Sul, with an estimated population of 76,300 inhabitants. The city's water supply and sewage collection coverage are both at 20%.