Sanepar presents US$300mn PAC II water, sanitation projects

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Brazil's Paraná state water utility Sanepar has submitted 488mn reais (US$300mn) in water and sanitation projects for consideration under group III of the second phase of the national growth acceleration plan (PAC), a company spokesperson told BNamericas.

"A total of 308mn reais in work has been submitted to the national health foundation [Funasa] and 180mn reais to the cities ministry," the spokesperson said.

The utility submitted 47 wastewater collection and treatment projects to Funasa, worth 207mn reais, and 54 potable water supply initiatives, totaling 101mn reais.

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Of the potable water projects submitted, 51 fall under Funasa's smaller rural community category, and are worth a combined 72.8mn reais.

To the cities ministry, 37 sewerage projects totaling 135mn reais and 21 water projects budgeted at 45mn reais were submitted, according to the official.


PAC's group III category covers municipalities with up to 50,000 residents. A pre-selection of proposals is due to take place on August 26 with results to be announced November 4. A total of 5bn reais has been earmarked for projects under the group.

Some 1bn reais of the funds is coming from the cities ministry, financed by federal savings bank Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF) and national development bank BNDES. In addition, potable water supply projects require a 10% counterpart investment and sanitation projects a 5% investment.

Funasa will provide 4bn reais in grants. A total of 10,000 projects were submitted, according to the foundation.