Pará to launch waterworks concession

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The city of Marabá in Brazil's Pará state is preparing a tender for a 35-year concession to operate municipal potable water supply and wastewater services, according to minutes from a city hall meeting.

A public consultancy phase to address doubts and make suggestions is open until December 13. A public hearing is scheduled for December 2. Once all issues are addressed, a tender will be launched for the public-private partnership.

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The contract winner will be based on the lowest service rates offered, as well as technical merit. Companies and consortiums are eligible, the minutes said.

Bidders must have experience operating, maintaining and revamping potable water supply and sewage collection and treatment systems for a city of at least 100,000 people. Commercial management experience is also required.

The project seeks to increase potable water supply coverage in urban areas to 98% by 2025 and 90% in outlying urban areas by 2040. The system's water loss rate must be reduced to 34% by 2025.

Waterworks in the city are currently managed by state water utility Cosanpa.