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Sanitation challenges abound but proposals remain scarce

Brazil's sanitation sector fears that it will not meet universalization goals without support from the next government. However, manifestos only deal with the issue in broad strokes

Brazil’s sanitation problem reflects social inequality. Photo: Jerome Romme/Shutterstock
Brazil’s sanitation problem reflects social inequality. Photo: Jerome Romme/Shutterstock

Celebrated by the sector upon its approval in July 2020, Brazil’s legal framework for sanitation stipulates that water supply and sewage collection and treatment services must become universal in the country by 2033. 

But even with more than a decade to go until the deadline, the sector believes that previously established goals may become unattainable if Brazil’s next government does not pay adequate attention to sanitation right from the beginning of its administration.

Per a recent study from industry association Abcon Sindcon, inflation and a lower-than-expected rate of investment in recent years have raised the general estimate of the...

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