Ji-Paraná mulls privatizing sanitation services

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The city of Ji-Paraná in northern Brazil's Rondônia state is considering seeking a private operator to take over its potable water and sewerage services.

State water utility Caerd is currently in charge of providing services. However, the state government has allocated insufficient funding for sanitation in Ji-Paraná, according to a local government release.

The state government has said it will allocate 31mn reais (US$19.6mn) to the city for potable water and sewerage, with financing from federal savings bank Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF).

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Despite the promise, city mayor José de Abreu Bianco is concerned by a lack of detailed and long-term planning, according to the release.

Bianco is now in talks with state governor Confúcio Moura regarding a more detailed sanitation plan for the city, especially in the area of sewerage services.