Prolagos invests in Rio de Janeiro coast waterworks

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Prolagos, the water utility for Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state's lake region, is investing 88mn reias (US$33.2mn) in potable water supply and sewer system expansion works, according to water and sewerage concessionaires association Abcon.

The initiative includes installing 330km of water distribution pipelines, a water main network, five reservoirs, electric generator bays, and other works to expand the region's sewer system network and improve wastewater treatment plants.

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Some 45,000 residents located in the coastal are expected to benefit from the upgrades by the end of this year, an Abcon release said.

A subsidiary of Aegea Saneamento e Participações, Prolagos is responsible for basic water and sanitation services in the municipalities of Cabo Frio, Búzios, Iguaba Grande and São Pedro da Aldeia, and for the potable water supply service in the town of Arraial do Cabo.

Originally awarded a 25-year concession in 1998, the company signed an 18-year extension to its public-private partnership contract in 2011, giving it concession rights until 2041.