Pernambuco Water and Sanitation Efficiency and Expansion Project (NDB-pernambucowaterandsan)

  • Brazil
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • New Development Bank (NDB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jun 1, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Companhia Pernambucana de Saneamento (COMPESA)
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Water and Sanitation
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 202.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 202.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
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Updated in EWS Jul 8, 2022

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Project Description
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Among 27 federative units of Brazil, the State of Pernambuco (the State) has one of the lowest rates of water availability per capita equivalent to 3.2% of the national average. Although about 91% of urban households in the State have been connected to the public water supply network, the scarcity of water resources significantly impacts the water supply services and results in intermittencies. The sanitation sector of the State also faces challenges in terms of service coverage and effectiveness.COMPESA, the State's main water and sanitation service provider covering more than 90% of the municipalities, has embarked on the Pernambuco Water and Sanitation Efficiency and Expansion Project (the Project) in order to address these challenges.


The objective of the Project is to support COMPESA in its efforts to sustainably expand the supply and distribution network of treated water in the State, reduce intermittence in water supply, and improve sanitation services.


The Project will develop services and enhance operational efficiency to cope with frequent water rationing, high non-revenue water rates and low sanitation coverage. This will be done through construction of new and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure consisting of waterworks, storage facilities and distribution networks, sewage collection and treatment systems, as well as associated monitoring and control systems.

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