Brazil states ranked by water, sanitation coverage amid PPP push

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Brazilian state of Pará has the worst basic water and sanitation coverage in the country, according to the latest information from the cities ministry.

When considering the average coverage of potable water supply, sewage collection, and sewage treatment, Pará has much room to improve. While potable water supply coverage was 47%, the coverage levels for sewage collection and treatment were only 5% and 1%, respectively, according to the ministry's sanitation information center (SNIS).

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The good news for Pará and other states is that Brazil is planning 17 state waterworks concessions by 2018 to achieve universal coverage. The PPP plan is being supported by development bank BNDES in terms of funding and technical support for basic planning.

The state of Rondônia had the second worst coverage ranking with potable water supply coverage at 44%, sewage collection 7%, and sewage treatment 4%. The Amapá state was not far behind, reporting numbers of 34%, 14%, and 13%, respectively, according to SNIS.

The three states are among those making up the first phase of the PPP concession plan. The others are Alagoas, Maranhão, Pernambuco and Sergipe.

In the second phase, tenders are planned for the states of Acre, Ceará, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte and Santa Catarina. The states of Amazonas, Bahia, Tocantins, Paraná, Piauí and Rio de Janeiro, will then follow.


Rio de Janeiro was the state that ranked first with 92% potable water supply coverage, 52% sewage collection and 34% sewage treatment.

The state of Pernambuco followed in second place with coverage rates of 76%, 27%, and 27%, while Bahia had coverage rates of 79%, 50%, and 46%, respectively.

Brazil map (CREDIT: Creative Commons).