The Brazilian arm of Dutch-based design and consultancy giant Arcadis has won a place on a contract to help keep 16 million people supplied with water in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil, as the country faces a severe water crisis.
The contract, worth $12.8m, involves expanding a water supply and wastewater treatment system in the northeast of SÃ£o Paulo Metropolitan Region, Arcadis said in a statement yesterday.
The client is the big water company, Sabesp. The scheme covers an area of 5,115 sq km that is home to 16 million people. Arcadis Logos is a 50% stakeholder in the joint venture doing the work.Â
Brazil is in the midst of a water crisis. In October, the governor of the state of SÃ£o Paulo sought emergency clearance to siphon the remaining water out of the main reservoir serving SÃ£o Paulo city. The reservoir was 95% empty after nine months of unprecedented drought. Many other cities in the country are also running dry.
Earlier this year Arcadis and a Japanese firm won another contract to help Sabesp cut its water loss rate from 26% to 13% by 2019. This project is financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Arcadis Logos is 70% shareholder in a joint venture with a Japanese company, CKC.