Concessions to Private Sanitation Firms Could Improve Brazil Water Quality

During the Rio Olympics, the world had many criticisms for Brazil, including poor sanitation and low water quality. Of course, these two go hand-in-hand, since garbage dumps might leak into the population’s drinking water. Brazilians might have blamed the drought, but that is not sufficient.


Brazil Clean Water


One of the many duties of the Brazilian government is to provide clean water. If there is a drought, then the government must respond. You might have read in your Bible about Pharaoh in Egypt.


The Egyptian Pharaoh had a dream interpreted by Joseph, who said that it meant the nation would have good fertile years and then years of drought. What did Egypt do? They stored up the crops from the good years to prepare for the bad years. What is Brazil doing about its poor water quality?


Brazil Makes Concessions to Private Sanitation Firms


While public departments in Brazil account for 90% of sanitation, obviously the results have been less than spectacular. Thankfully in May 2017, Edison Carlos, president of Trata Brasil, discussed concessions made to private sanitation firms. The goal is to improve efficiency and quality for the Brazilian masses.


Consultant Mr. Felipe Montoro Jens


With a background in both Brazil and the United States, consultant Mr. Felipe Montoro Jens is working to make public works programs more efficient. The government can struggle with accountability, oversight and transparency. As an executive officer for AC Energia SA and Concessionaria Interoceanica Sur Tramo 2, Mr. Jens has developed valuable experience in running large public works projects.


His experience in the private sector can help Brazil become more efficient. Due to past mismanagement, Brazil has been forced to cut costs. Unfortunately, it also needs to improve its water quality. Concessions to private sanitation firms may be the answer.