MOPC, Copasa consider plans for sanitation management model

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Officials from Paraguay's public works ministry (MOPC) and Brazil's Minas Gerais water utility Copasa (Bovespa: CSMG3) are considering plans to develop a better sanitation management program for Paraguayan municipalities with 10,000-100,000 residents.

During the second week of July, a MOPC delegation met with Copasa representatives to share technical knowhow, Brazil's state sanitation companies association Aesbe reported.

The Paraguayan committee learned about wastewater treatment plants in state capital Belo Horizonte and visited the water supply and sewerage system in the smaller town of Ouro Branco.

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Copasa subsidiary Copanor also gave a presentation on the services it provides, which focus on basic sanitation services for smaller towns and villages.

The visit has opened up a new perspective for Copasa to share its experience with other countries such as Angola, according to Cristina Schembri, manager of Copasa's support, development and control department.