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Brazil's Minas Gerais water utility Copasa plans to launch two tenders worth a total of 20mn reais (US$8.11mn) to expand water supply coverage in the metropolitan region of state capital Belo Horizonte.
The larger tender, budgeted at 10.4mn reais, calls for expanding the company's water supply system in the town of Igarapé, according to the minutes of a meeting held in late September.
A total of 7.35mn reais is expected to go toward labor and 3.01mn reais toward the acquisition of necessary materials. The 18-month project will involve laying water supply pipelines and installing water main connections.
Igarapé has approximately 34,879 residents and is located 48km southwest of the state capital.
The second tender, priced at 9.58mn reais, involves a 20-month project to improve water supply in the northern district of the state capital. The initiative includes providing water supply via water trucks and carrying out civil works such as backhoe services, the minutes said.
Copasa is Brazil's second largest water utility behind São Paulo state water utility Sabesp.