Corsan seeks US$20mn for Nova Prata water, sewerage works

Monday, July 18, 2011

Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state water utility Corsan is requesting 32mn reais (US$20.4mn) in funding from the federal government for sanitation work in the town of Nova Prata, a spokesperson told BNamericas.

"The utility plans 20.4mn reais in potable water works and 11.6mn reais in work on sewerage systems," the spokesperson said.

The water supply component includes installing 13.7km of main pipelines to connect to the system located in the Estrada Fazenda do Pratinho II neighborhood. The new pipelines will guarantee full supply to Nova Prata, which already has universal potable water coverage.

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The utility is also planning to build a sewerage system for the Arroio Toledo basin, to include a pumping station, treatment plants and some 15.2km of collector pipeline, benefiting more than 5,100 people. The town currently has no wastewater treatment coverage.

Funding should come from phase II of the federal government's growth acceleration plan (PAC) under its group III, which covers municipalities with up to 50,000 residents.

Group III funds come from national health foundation Funasa. Some 5bn reais has been earmarked for small towns, which make up about 90% of municipalities in Brazil.

The last day for submitting group III projects was July 15 and funding allocations will be released in November.