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Brazil: toilet protest on Ipanema beach against sewage pollution

In the wake of the World Cup and the Olympics, activists in Brazil are taking to the streets (and the beaches) demanding more investment in neglected public services like sanitation. Activist group Meu Rio (My Rio)  sat on lavatories on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro to raise awareness about the dumping of untreated sewage into the sea. The group also laid out coloured silhouettes of common bacteria found in sewage on the sand.

My Rio sanitation protest poster

Some 70% of Rio’s sewage is said to be untreated as it flows into the sea off the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and the Guanabara Bay, which will host several events at the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Source: Sky News, 26 Jan 2014


Brazil, Rio Grande do Norte: Caern to increase Natal sanitation coverage for 2014 World Cup

Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte state water utility Caern intends to improve its sewage collection coverage in state capital Natal from 33% to 73% in time for the 2014 World Cup, the utility reported in a release.

The service boost will lift the city out of its poor sewage collection ranking among World Cup host cities, according to Marcelo Cortes Neri, head of the center for social research for economic thinktank Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

“Natal has the lowest sewerage coverage service of all the 2014 World Cup host cities,” Cortes Neri said at a press conference.

A study carried out earlier this year by NGO Instituto Trata Brasil (ITB) in cooperation with FGV analyzed sanitation services in the host cities, revealing that Manaus (Amazonas state), Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul) and Natal have the lowest sanitation coverage.


Caern intends to invest 323.7mn reais (US$186mn) in sanitation projects, of which 283.3mn reais will be spent on improving the city’s sewerage system and 40.4mn reais will be invested in its water supply network.

In addition to this investment, the utility is requesting 216mn reais in funding from the country’s growth acceleration plan (PAC), from programs such as the Saneamento para Todos (sanitation for everyone) program, the national tourism development program Prodetur and the national health foundation.

Resources will also come from the federal budget and the tourism ministry.

The funding will enable Natal to reach 73% sewerage collection coverage, with southern Natal expected to reach 100% coverage.

Projects underway

Caern’s Baldo central wastewater treatment plant is expected to begin operations in March 2010 treating wastewater in 21 neighborhoods.

The utility is also constructing the Jundiaí treatment plant and the Barreira do Inferno underwater pipeline, which aim to solve the lack of sewage collection services in southern Natal.

The city will also receive three new potable water pipelines totaling 6,743m in length. A fourth will be rehabilitated, requiring 28,291m of pipelines. This will increase water supply by over 21%, the report said.

Source: Daniel Bland, BNamericas.com [subscription site], 30 Dec 2009

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro: needs sanitation improvements for 2014 World Cup, says specialist

Rio de Janeiro lacks the sanitation services required to host the 2014 World Cup, according to Marcelo Cortes Neri, head of the center for social research for the Brazilian economic thinktank Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

Current sanitation services will not support the influx of tourists into the city during the sporting event, the expert said.

“Of the 12 host cities, Rio needs the most improvements regarding sewage collection services,” Neri told BNamericas during an interview.

“Our most recent study shows that Rio de Janeiro has 85.2% coverage, ranking it fifth amongst the host cities,” Neri said.

Besides Rio de Janeiro, Neri mentioned Porto Alegre (capital of Rio Grande do Sul) and Natal (capital of Rio Grande do Norte) as also having inadequate sanitation services.

While Porto Alegre has 32.9% sewage service coverage, Natal has the lowest coverage of all the host cities with 18.5%.

The 623mn-real (US$358mn) Complexo do Alemão initiative aims to expand sanitation services in the north of Rio de Janeiro. It is currently about 40% complete.

Rio de Janeiro’s utility company is state water and sewerage utility Nova Cedae.

The host cities for the 2014 World Cup are Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais state) and Curitiba (Paraná state) in the south and southeast.

Representing the north and northeast are Natal, Salvador (Bahia state), Manaus (Amazonas state), Fortaleza (Ceará state) and Recife (Pernambuco state).

The cities of Cuiabá (Mato Grosso state) and Brasília in the federal district in the central west of the country complete the list.

Source: Daniel Bland, BNamericas.com [subscription site], 07 Dec 2009

Brazil: World Cup cities need US$3.4bn to provide 100% sanitation coverage

A total of 6.7bn reais (US$3.4bn) is needed to provide 100% sanitation coverage in the 12 Brazilian cities selected to host matches during the 2014 World Cup, according to a study requested by NGO Instituto Trata Brasil (ITB).

The study showed the cities of Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), São Paulo, Salvador (Bahia) and Rio de Janeiro have the highest number of people with sewage collection services with 97.1%, 88.5%, 87.8% and 83.7% respectively.

Brasília has 80.2% coverage, Curitiba (Paraná) 79.4% and Fortaleza (Ceará) 54.6%, an ITB release said.

Collection rates below 50% were reported in Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul), Recife (Pernambuco) and Cuiabá (Mato Grosso) with 49.3%, 47.1% and 41.2% respectively. Manaus (Amazonas) and Natal (Rio Grande do Norte) came in with the lowest coverage of 35.0% and 21.3%.

The study was carried out by economic think tank Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

Source: BNamericas [subscription site], 07 Jul 2009