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Brazil's Goiás state water utility Saneago plans to call two tenders worth a total 25mn reais (US$15.5mn) to expand sewerage systems in the metropolitan region of state capital Goiânia, a Saneago spokesperson told BNamericas.
"One, budgeted at 22mn reais, entails installing 6,000 household connections in eight neighborhoods throughout Goiânia as well as parts of neighboring city Aparecida de Goiânia," the official said.
Besides Saneago, funding is coming from IDB and national development bank (BNDES). The work was recently approved under phase II of Brazil's growth acceleration plan (PAC) and the company expects to receive funding shortly.
Meanwhile, Saneago will invest 3mn reais in the second tender, which involves deploying more than 4000m of interceptor pipelines, according to the official.
The initiative falls under the company's urbanization project Vaca Brava, and will benefit the neighborhoods of Bueno and Jardim América.
"The initiatives are of priority and we intend to kick off work soon," the official said.
Potable water and sewerage collection coverage in the state capital are currently at 100% and 71%, respectively.
Saneago plans to invest 1.9bn reais in sanitation projects during 2011. The utility will carry out 22 projects aimed at expanding potable water supply in 17 municipalities and 34 sewerage projects in 19 municipalities.