Brazil’s Minas Gerais state governor Aécio Neves has approved 545mn reais (US$232mn) for sanitation projects in 463 locations [benefiting] 400,000 people [in 92 towns]. Copanor, a subsidiary of state water utility Copasa, will implement the projects.
Copanor was created by the state government in August 2007 to provide water supply and sewage treatment services with lower rates than those charged in the rest of the state. About 70% of the population served by Copanor paid 60% less on their monthly bills than those under Copasa.
The company serves towns and villages with 200-5,000 people. The Jequitinhonha, Mucuri and São Mateus regions have the lowest human development index and the most severe shortage of sanitation services in the state [with water supply coverage rates of 65% in urban areas and 31% in rural areas and sewerage coverage rates of] 39% and 12%, respectively. Only 48% of garbage is collected overall.
Between 2008 and 2010, Copanor and Copasa will provide 1bn reais [US$ 420 million = € 328 million] in discount vouchers for the Jequitinhonha, Mucuri, Itanhém, Buranhém and Jucuruçu areas.
Source: BNamericas [subscription site], 19 Feb 2009