How much does Brazil need to invest to achieve universal water coverage?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Brazil needs to double current investments in order to reach universal drinking water and sanitation coverage by 2033, according to José João Fonseca, president of local water utility Águas Guariroba.

Some 9bn-10bn reais/y are presently being invested in the sector nationwide, Edison Carlos, president of local NGO Instituto Trata Brasil, told BNamericas in July.

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Fonseca, quoting a study by local think tank Fundação Getúlio Vargas, said that the sector needs to boost productivity 30%.

"A high level of efficiency in day-to-day operations is crucial for waterworks. And this can be achieved through public-private partnerships," Fonseca added.

Boosting efficiency – including cutting water losses – without sacrificing water quality requires continuous investments in advanced technology by financially healthy companies that have skilled labor to carry out long-term planning. Aegea, our holding company, is just such a company, the executive said.

Águas Guariroba serves Mato Grosso do Sul state capital Campo Grande. Located in southern Brazil, the city has a population of 843,120.