Govt earmarks US$25bn for basic sanitation

Friday, October 21, 2011

Brazil's federal government has earmarked 45bn reais (US$25.3bn) for basic sanitation investments, cities minister Mario Negromonte said on Thursday (Oct 20) during government radio program Bom Dia.

In November, the government will reopen the process for state and municipal governments as well as public utilities and concession holders to submit proposals for sanitation funding under the country's growth acceleration plan (PAC), according to the presidential blog.

To reach universal basic sanitation services, Brazil will need to spend 420bn reais over the next 20 years, Negromonte said, adding that the federal government has invested 40bn reais in the last eight years.

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The country has already satisfied part of its millennium development goals by reaching 95% potable water supply coverage in urban areas, according to the cities ministry.

Through the national basic sanitation plan, the government is now looking to reach a similar coverage level for wastewater services. The rate is currently about 80%.