Rousseff hears out US$1.4bn São Paulo water relief plan

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Brazil´s President Dilma Rousseff and São Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin met on Monday to discuss possible federal government funding for some 3.5bn reais (US$1.37bn) in proposed projects to combat drought in the state.

The governor also used the meeting to discuss the progress of current projects such as the 2.21bn-real São Lourenço water supply PPP and works to combat the drying up of the country´s largest water supply system, Cantareira, according to a state government release.

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"We had a good conversation," said the governor, who represents opposition party PSDB.

At the end of the meeting, a new working group to set medium and long-term goals and prepare for upcoming works was formed. Group members will meet on November 17 to further discuss details of eight projects presented to the president, the release said.

THE PROJECTS

The largest, budgeted at 830mn reais, involves a 14-month project to connect the Paraíba do Sul river to the Cantareira system. It is followed by a 760mn-real plan to build the Pedreira and Duas Pontes (Amparo city) reservoirs. The latter should take 30 months.

The governor also presented a 500mn-real project to connect the Pequeno river to Rio Grande reservoir, which makes up part of the Billings reservoir system. It should take 24 months.

Another 397mn reais has been earmarked for an 18-month initiative to install a water supply system in the PJC watershed basin, which consists of the Piracicaba, Jundiaí and Capivari rivers.

Well drilling is also planned in the PCJ basin and Guarani aquifer region. Works should take 24 months and cost 350mn reais.

The state also has two water re-use treatment plants on the drawing board. One, to cost 275mn reais, will support the Baixo Cotia water supply system and the other, at 250mn reais, will support the Guarapiranga system. Construction should take 18 and 12 months, respectively.

Finally, a nine-month project to build the Jaguari-Atibaia emergency water supply system is being planned. Budgeted at 150mn reais, it will boost water uptake in the Campinas municipal region.