A Water Project That Would Benefit 15 Million in Brazil

One of the major steps planned by the Brazilian government for 2005 still exists only on paper. But, if it gets through all the stages the law requires, it promises to be one of the largest infrastructure projects executed during President Lula’s term of office.

The numbers are impressive, as well as the possible benefits to be derived from the integration of the São Francisco River Valley with six other river basins in Northeast Brazil.


President Lula declared that delivering water to the Northeast “represents the pledge, not of a President, but of a Northeastern migrant” who was forced to leave the region in 1952, for want of opportunity.


To fulfill this “pledge,” the federal government has already set aside US$ 394 million (1.07 billion reais) in the 2005 budget for the river basin integration project.


In the Administration’s view, if the integration project receives the approval of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), as well as Congressional budget backing, work can get underway in February.


The construction of the two canals, which, all told, will cover a distance of 720 kilometers, together with the pumping stations and the mini-hydroelection stations along the way, will cost around US$ 1.6 billion (4.5 billion reais).


According to calculations made by the Ministry of National Integration, around 15 million people should be benefitted by the project.


The water obtained from the São Francisco will be routed through concrete channels running in northerly and easterly directions and will be intended, first of all, for human consumption.


Once this demand is met, the system’s administrators should evaluate the possibility of making water available to farmers and industrialists.


Agência Brasil
Translator: David Silberstein

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