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While drought is affecting much of Brazil's southeast, water supply in nearby Mato Grosso do Sul state capital Campo Grande is exceeding demand by more than a third, according to José João Fonseca, president of the city's water utility Águas Guariroba.
"Through medium and long-term planning, we have developed the capacity to supply 35% more water than our waterworks concession is demanding," Fonseca told BNamericas.
"For continued sustainability, we are currently drilling 15 wells to ensure sufficient supply for the population in our coverage area."
Developing basic sanitation plans with the support of a technically qualified team is crucial for the development of the sector, he added, explaining that the support of national health foundation Funasa in accomplishing these plans is also an important factor.
Finally, Fonseca highlighted the importance of cutting water losses to boost efficiency. Águas Guariroba is currently investing some 10mn reais/y (US$4.16mn) in system management and the installation of equipment, such as pressure regulators and automation systems.
Located in southern Brazil, Campo Grande has a population of 843,120.