Cuiabá to vote on privatizing water services

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

City council members in Brazil's Mato Grosso state capital Cuiabá are due to vote on whether or not to privatize municipal sanitation services on Thursday (Aug 25).

The privatization plan was proposed by mayor Chico Galindo, who said the city lacks the capacity to make the necessary investments, local paper O Documento reported.

Opposition council member Lúdio Cabral has spoken out against the privatization, while council president Júlio Pinheiro and the majority of the council members support the idea.

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At least 11 of the council's 19 members, excluding the president, need to agree on the proposal for it to pass.

Water supply and sewerage services in Cuiabá are currently provided by municipal water utility Sanecap.