Sanepar seeks US$77mn for coastal sanitation

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Brazil's Paraná state water utility Sanepar is seeking 128mn reais (US$77.3mn) in financing for projects to improve wastewater collection and treatment along the coast of the southern state, a company spokesperson told BNamericas.

"This amount, along with our current plans to invest 30.5mn reais, is needed to accomplish universal sanitation services in the region," the spokesperson said.

Company president Fernando Ghignone will request funding later this year through bank loans and government programs.

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The areas most lacking in basic sanitation services are coastal municipalities with less than 50,000 residents, which are not covered by the country's growth acceleration plan (PAC) and therefore ineligible to obtain funding through federal savings bank Caixa Economica Federal (CEF).

Paraná's coastal area includes the municipalities of Guaraqueçaba, Guaratuba, Matinhos, Morretes and Pontal do Paraná.

Currently, 100% of Paraná's urban population has potable water service and 62% has sewage collection services.