Brazil's federal and Rio Grande do Sul state governments plan to invest 18bn reais (US$10.8bn) to improve sanitation in the southern state by 2014, according to a state government release.
During a site visit on Sunday (Mar 13), state governor Tarso Genro highlighted a 52mn-real wastewater treatment project taking place in the city of Carazinho as an example of upcoming projects.
State water utility Corsan is carrying out the project, which will ensure wastewater treatment for 80% of the city, or 60,000 residents. The city currently has no wastewater treatment facilities.
Phase I of the project is budgeted at 8mn reais and is currently 70% complete, the release said.
"This project is an example of a federal and state partnership," Genro said, adding that this is the type of work planned for Corsan throughout his term in office.
Carazinho renewed its contract with Corsan in December 2010.