SABESP Investment Program (NDB-sabespinvestmentprogr)

  • Brazil
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
State of São Paulo
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Financial Institutions
  • New Development Bank (NDB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jul 18, 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 de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP
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)
$ 300.00 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)
$ 1,600.00 million
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Currency conversion note:
Bank reported BRL 8 billion
Converted using 2022-08-23 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ NDB website

Updated in EWS Aug 23, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Sep 1, 2020

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Project Description
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In the State of Sao Paulo (the State), water security remains one of the greatest development challenges. Irregular settlements, uncontrolled discharge of wastewater and untreated sewage continue to deteriorate water reservoirs that are important sources of water supply. Major gaps remain in expanding the water and sanitation service coverage towards the goal of universal access, reducing pollution in the water bodies, and increasing operational efficiency of water utilities.SABESP, the State's main water and sanitation service provider covering 62% of its total population, has embarked on the SABESP Investment Program (the Program) in order to address these challenges.


The objective of the Program is to support SABESP in its capital expenditure program for service expansion, environmental protection and operational sustainability.


The Program comprises the following components:Service expansion: connecting more households to water supply and sewage collection networks to ensure universal access;Environmental protection: delivering more wastewater to treatment facilities and augmenting treatment capacities to enhance pollution control; andOperational sustainability: supporting applications of sustainable solutions in selected sewage treatment plants, contributing to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.


The Program will contribute to the water security and economic competitiveness of the State through the development of sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure, in accordance with Brazil's national plan of the water sector. In particular, the Program will support expansion of water and sanitation services towards reaching universal access, meeting growing demand for services, and reduction of negative environmental impacts as well as water losses.The Program is aligned with NDB's General Strategy and the Bank's key areas of operation which include "Irrigation, water resource management and sanitation". The Program will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims at ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.


The Program has been categorized as Category B in line with the NDB's Environment and Social Framework (ESF), with an environmental and social risk tier of B-2 'Medium Risk'. Main E&S impacts will be addressed and mitigated by implementing relevant E&S management plans as per the country system, E&S permit conditions, and additional measures for the Program agreed with NDB and reflected in the Environmental and Social Impact Management Plan. Upon successful implementation of these plans, the Program will comply with the requirements of the E&S country systems and NDB's ESF.


The implementation period of the Program: 2022-2024.

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