Brazil's federal government will fund 49.5% of sanitation projects being carried out by Paraná state utility Sanepar in 2011 through its national growth acceleration plan (PAC), company president Fernando Eugênio Ghignone told BNamericas.
"Of the 355mn reais (US$213mn) in investments we are planning to carry out in 2011, a total of 176mn reais, or nearly half, is coming from PAC," Ghignone said.
Brazil's sanitation deficit means the country needs a consistent flow of investment to ensure improved quality of life to low-income sectors, the executive added.
Sanepar is planning sewerage improvements in the municipalities of Londrina, Cascavel, Arapongas, Rolândia, Guarapuava, Apucarana, Ponta Grossa, Toledo, Almirante Tamandaré and state capital Curitiba.
The main potable water projects will be carried out in Maringá, Londrina, Almirante Tamandaré, Ponta Grossa, Cascavel, Apucarana, Jacarezinho, Palmas, Telêmaco Borba and Curitiba.
Sanepar serves 344 municipalities in Paraná and neighboring Santa Catarina state. The company has 100% urban potable water coverage and 62% urban wastewater collection and treatment in its service areas.