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Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul government has launched public-private partnership valued at 1.85bn reais (US$583mn) to treat sewage throughout the Porto Alegre metropolitan region.
Last week the government started the public consultation process to receive suggestions for the PPP program that will be run by state sanitation company Corsan.
The objective of the 35-year PPP contract is to provide universal sewerage coverage in nine municipalities of the metropolitan region, which has 1.5mn residents, in the next 11 years. Projects are expected to take place in Alvorada, Cachoeirinha, Canoas, Eldorado do Sul, Esteio, Gravataí, Guaíba, Sapucaia do Sul and Viamão cities.
"This is the first PPP of Rio Grande do Sul. I always said that I would have no prejudice with public-private partnerships. Our focus is to modernize the state and provide quality services for the population," said Rio Grande do Sul state governor José Ivo Sartori.