Brazil’s new roadmap for wastewater capex

A new study published this month provides a unique level of granularity on Brazil’s wastewater investment needs. A holistic approach involving reuse from the outset will depend on a policy change at the federal level.

A new wastewater atlas published by Brazil’s national water agency (ANA) in September puts an estimated price tag for achieving universal wastewater collection and treatment at BRL149.5 billion ($47.2 billion), of which 32% is for treatment infrastructure.

The heaviest investment per capita is required in the north east, where the document forecasts a serious need for reuse in order to...

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