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Brazil - Pernambuco sustainable water (English)

In spite of high levels of coverage 91 percent of urban households connected to the public water supply network the service is unreliable and intermittent. Of the 170 municipalities that are served by the Pernambuco State Water Supply and Sanitation Company (COMPESA), only 30 percent receive water 24 hours per day. Rationing is commonplace, even in the metropolitan region of Recife, where residents on average alternate between 24 hours with water supply and 28 hours without service. Water losses are estimated to be around 60 percent, which is significantly above the 40 percent national average in Brazil. The project objective is to improve sustainable water supply and sanitation services for the population in the Capibaribe river basin and the metropolitan region of Recife. The project seeks to reduce the percentage of served population subject to water rationing in the metropolitan region of Recife from 88 percent in 2008 to 10 percent by 2015 and to reduce areas targeted by the project's non?revenue program to 42 percent by 2015. Furthermore, the project will enable an additional 25,000 residential wastewater connections by 2015.

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Fiil-Flynn, Maj

Brazil - Pernambuco sustainable water (English). GAC in infrastructure : emerging good practice in urban water projects Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/379851468017451045/Brazil-Pernambuco-sustainable-water