Pirapama Aqueduct System Inaugurated in Recife

12.12.2011

The Governor of Pernambuco, Eduardo Campos, inaugurated the Pirapama Aqueduct System, which will increase the distribution of water in the Metropolitan Region of Recife by 48%. Built by the Pirapama Consortium, formed by Odebrecht Infraestrutura, Queiroz Galvão and OAS, the system benefits 3.5 million people in five municipalities, who have lived with water rationing for decades.

“The state has the country’s worst water supply rate,” said Campos. “The project will mark the history of sanitation in Pernambuco,” he said during the ceremony to celebrate the completion of the system’s third phase, held at the Water Treatment Plant (WTP). Participating in the event were João Pacífico, Managing Director at Odebrecht Infraestrutura, and Carlos Angeiras, Contract Director.

The system consists of a dam with the capacity for 61 million m3 of water, together with the WTP, which treats up to 5,130 liters per second and three new reservoirs, the largest with the capacity to store 90 million liters of water. More than 2,500 Members participated in the construction process.

The project, which is part of the Brazilian Federal Government’s Growth Acceleration Program (PAC), received investments of R$ 600 million, and was made possible through a partnership between the Pernambuco Government and Federal Government through the Brazilian National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES).