The left opposes a measure that proposes full access to drinking water and basic sanitation, partnerships with the private sector and protection of the environment

Brazil Uncovered - State Minister Rogério Marinho presented the new legal framework for basic sanitation before Congress.
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State Minister Rogério Marinho presented the new legal framework for basic sanitation before Congress.

President Jair Bolsonaro signed on July 15, 2020, an important law authored by the federal government. The New Basic Sanitation Framework aims to universalize access to drinking water and sewage collection and treatment by 2033 and, consequently, transform a sad reality in Brazil: 35 million people, about 17% of the population, do not have access to drinking water and basic sanitation.

Brazil Uncovered - The left opposes the proposal that will potentially bring access to drinking water and sanitation to all
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The left opposes the proposal that will potentially bring access to drinking water and sanitation to all

It is estimated that it will be necessary to spend 100 billion dollars in 10 years to reach universalization. After the Workers' Party’s disastrous administration left a public debt of almost 1 trillion dollars, it is practically impossible that only public capital participation can guarantee such a fundamental right. The new regulatory framework requires bids for this public service’s concession. Thus, private sector investment will be decisive in transforming the current reality. With this, a positive impact on the economy is projected, with a strong job generation.

 

This measure also affects public health policies. The United Nations estimates that for every R$ 1 invested in basic sanitation, R$4 will be saved through disease prevention. The low-income population is affected the most by the lack of sanitation. The deficiency in such a basic right causes numerous diseases, such as typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, shigellosis, cholera, hepatitis A, amebiasis, giardiasis, leptospirosis, polio, hookworm (yellowing), ascariasis (roundworm), teniasis, cysticercosis, filariasis (elephantiasis), and schistosomiasis.

 

It is also essential to consider that the referred law represents a major advance in the urban environmental agenda. The new regulatory framework reinforces the need to end the open pit dumps across the country.

 

The new landmark in basic sanitation is a victory for the Brazilian people. Interestingly, the greatest opponents in the Brazilian left in the National Congress did not support the project, demonstrating that they remain firm in hindering any initiative that creates jobs, preserves the environment, or favors the health of the most in need.

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