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PARANÁ STATE GOVERNOR JAIME LERNER, historically one of Brazil’s leading exponents of urban renewal and environmental protection, has authorised work to almost double water supplies and increase sewage collection from 65% to 90% in the metropolitan area of the state capital, Curitiba.
A CONGRESSIONAL VOTE ON BRAZIL’S DRAFT WATER LAW (Draft law 4147) scheduled for 24 October has been delayed indefinitely.
ENRON IS RUMOURED to be about to relinquish all its water industry concessions in Brazil and Argentina and does not intend to stick around for any new concession bids.
There has been little, if any, progress in the passage of the basic sanitation bill (Draft law 4147) through Brazil’s congress.
VIVENDI ENVIRONNEMENT (VE) has won a contract for the provision of industrial services to the French steel group, Usinor, at its new Brazilian cold-rolling plant.
RWE remains tight-lipped over rumours that it was close to acquiring American Water Works, the largest investor owned water utility in the US, for €3.9 billion ($3.6 billion) at the end of August.
Kelda’s US subsidiary Aquarion has acquired five American Water Works subsidiaries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire. Four of the companies are water supply businesses serving a total of 177,000 people while the fifth, a finance company, owns and leases assets.
It would appear that Brazil is no nearer reaching a consensus on reforming the basic sanitation sector.
A 13% STAKE in Brazil’s Santa Catarina state water company, Companhia Catarinense de Águas e Saneamento (Casan), is to be auctioned on the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange (Bovespa) by 14 Septembe
Statements of qualification (SoQs) have been received from seven companies for a management contract to run the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (Prasa). Prasa provides water services to around 3.9 million people in Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States.