Brazil's federal government is planning some 1.48bn reais (US$681mn) in work to combat drought and increase water supply throughout the country, according to a national integration ministry release.
First, a total of 1.4bn reais in financing agreements have been signed with federal savings bank Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF), according to national integration minister Fernando Bezerra Coelho.
The funds will be used to carry out 73 projects in nine states which fall under the country's growth acceleration plan PAC. The states are Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe in the northeast as well as Minas Gerais in the southeast.
Works will be carried out by state governments along with Brazil's drought prevention department Dnocs and its state company for the development of the São Francisco and Parnaíba valleys, Codevasf, the release said.
In addition, 84mn reais has been earmarked to support a total of 31,696 families residing in states suffering from drought such as those in the north and northeast of the country as well as Minas Gerais.
To be carried out in partnership with the agrarian development ministry, funding will primarily be used to construct water supply systems in rural areas. These projects fall under the federal government's Água para Todos (water for all) program.
ÁGUA PARA TODOS
Kicking off in 2011, the Água para Todos program has been responsible for the construction of 192,000 cisterns. The federal government's goal is to deploy a total of 750,000 cisterns by 2014 with a total investment of 4.7bn reais.