Brazil: Improved Water Services for Thousands in Drought-Prone Sergipe
Feb 22, 2012
Thousands of people in urban and rural areas of the state of Sergipe will have access to improved water services through the Sergipe Water Project, thanks to a World Bank loan for US$70.3 millions. The project will increase access to safe water and sanitation in the most populous basin in the State, as well as reduce pollution, promote more efficient irrigated agriculture and improve Sergipe’s ability to have a more integrated water management and a more resilient water sector.
- Increasing the number of household sanitation connections by at least 88,000 in the target cities along the Sergipe river basin, reaching 143,000 connections and directly benefiting approximately 500,000 people;
- Improving the efficiency of water use in irrigation by at least 20 percent in key perimeters of the Sergipe basin, totaling 1,150 hectares and benefiting some 1,000 families. This includes the adoption of improved water quality and soil conservation practices by at least 60 percent of the farms;
- Reducing by at least 5,620 tons the yearly wastewater discharges of biochemical oxygen demand pollutants (BOD);
- Creating and strengthening an agency responsible for statewide water resources management; and
- Creating and expanding environment conservation areas by a total of 2,400 hectares, to protect water resources and biodiversity along the Sergipe basin (by 2017).
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