Brazil: Improving Rural Sanitation in Pernambuco

March 2018

In the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, sustainable rural water supply and sanitation is a challenge for the state government, municipalities, and most of all, for the local communities. Due to unstable and unreliable water supply, the rural population is exposed to a multitude of water-borne diseases. Besides investments in infrastructure, the adequate organization of operating and maintenance of assets is needed to solve the problem.


During a workshop on March 13th, representatives of selected municipalities, relevant stakeholders, and the MACS consulting team discussed the pros and cons of various operating models for rural water and sanitation systems. The event took place at the headquarters of Pernambuco’s Association of Municipalities and was organized as part of the Rural Water and Sanitation Study, which MACS had been awarded by the State Ministry of Economic Development, and which is financed by The World Bank.


Amongst the models under consideration were community-based systems, public companies, as well as concessions to the private sector. During the workshop, participants highlighted the importance of local communities for the provision of services, as well as the importance of public authorities for creating a constructive legal framework.