Cuiabá holds public hearings for US$1.24bn sanitation plan

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brazil's Mato Grosso state capital Cuiabá is holding public hearings aimed at planning some 1.9bn reais (US$1.24bn) in water and sanitation projects.

The projects fall under its municipal basic sanitation plan, which sets guidelines for potable water supply and sewage collection and treatment over the next 30 years, city water utility Sanecap said in a release.

The plan foresees investments of 1.3bn reais for wastewater management initiatives and 600mn reais for water supply work. The plan aims to achieve universal water supply in the state capital.

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The city government plans to hold four meetings in different parts of Cuiabá.

On Monday (Jul 25), a hearing was held at the Memorial das Águas auditorium in the western part of the city and another hearing was to be on Tuesday at the CPA community center in the north of the state capital.

On Wednesday, a meeting is due to be held at the municipal education department in eastern Cuiabá and another will be held at the local residents association in southern Cuiabá on Thursday.

Once the sanitation plan is established, the city government will decide whether or not to concession basic sanitation services, which would also entail mapping out a new management model, according to Sanecap president Aray Carlos da Fonseca.