Niterói utility to launch tank reconstruction tender

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Brazilian water utility Águas de Niterói, which serves Niterói city in Rio de Janeiro state, is planning to launch a tender to rebuild a wastewater tank at its Toque-Toque treatment plant, a utility spokesperson told BNamericas.

Around 6Ml of wastewater leaked from the tank after it ruptured on Sunday (Apr 17), injuring 10 people, government news service Agência Brasil reported.

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A price for the reconstruction project has yet to be set, as the company is still evaluating what needs to be done, according to the spokesperson. The repair work should take place within four months.

State environmental agency INEA is investigating the cause of the accident and will impose a fine once it has completed an incident report.

A wall gave way at the tank, but the treatment plant is still operating, according to Águas de Niterói president Dante Luvisotto.

The utility has received a 48-hour notice to explain the reason for the accident and to present a plan to prevent environmental damage.