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The town of Imbituba in southern Brazil's Santa Catarina state has launched a 783mn-real (US$483mn) tender for a 35-year concession to provide municipal water supply and sewerage services, Imbituba's tender commission representative Dilson Petrassem Júnior told BNamericas.
Interested companies or consortiums must submit bids on September 22.
All bidders must provide a bid guarantee equivalent to 1% of the estimated value of the contract, or 7.83mn reais.
The municipal government's contract with its current service provider, state water utility Casan, expired on August 17. Casan will still be eligible to bid for the new contract.
Over the last five years, Casan has spent 2.3mn reais on Imbituba when it should have spent 8mn reais, state department of urban and regional development (Sedurb) secretary Jaison Cardoso de Souza told BNamericas.
With a population of some 40,000, Imbituba is the first municipality in the state to have developed its municipal sanitation plan. The town aims to reach 100% potable water supply coverage and 80% wastewater collection and treatment coverage in the medium to long term, according to the secretary.