PTI supports the review and elaboration of Basic Sanitation Plans in the region’s municipalities
The Environmental Basic Sanitation project of Itaipu Binacional and Itaipu Technological Park (PTI) involves a series of actions developed along with the municipalities of the Western Paraná region, aiming to promote the social economical development of the region and improve the population’s quality of life. PTI’s role has been one of support of City Halls in elaborating and reviewing the Basic Sanitation Plans, according to the stages of diagnosis, debates with the community and final approval of the document by the City Council.
Of the 54 municipalities attended by the Western Paraná Municipalities Association (Amop), 14 are being serviced, through nine concluded agreements, benefiting over 400 thousand inhabitants.
In three cities, Entre Rios do Oeste, Pato Bragado and Quatro Pontes, PTI’s work, which began in May 2015, has been concluded and the Municipal Basic Sanitation Plan has already been approved. In Pato Bragado and Quatro Pontes, PTI still supports the actions’ implementation.
Santa Helena has set a partnership in December 2016 for supporting the four strategic axes of the Sanitation Plan. Municipalities who are under intercity plans are dismissed from the Municipal Plan.
Another support provided by PTI to the region’s municipalities comes from the partnership with the Intercity Consortium for Economical, Social, Educational and Cultural Sustainable Development of Western Paraná (Cidersop) for enabling the review of the Solid Waste Plan. Itaipu has backed the Consortium in 75% of the investments, whereas the Park helped with the Plan’s development.
The Integrated Intercity Solid Waste Management Plan (PIGIRS) contemplates three phases and seven stages, implanted in seven Western Paraná cities: Ramilândia, Matelândia, Diamante do Oeste, Vera Cruz do Oeste, Ouro Verde do Oeste, São Pedro do Iguaçu e São José das Palmeiras. The diagnosis process has been concluded in all of them, and several important meetings have occurred with mayors in order to discuss recycling and final disposition of solid waste, which is the convoying of the garbage collected.
Besides Cidersop, PTI also lends support to São Pedro do Iguaçu and Santa Terezinha de Itaipu. In Santa Terezinha, the Park has delivered in early June the completed Waste Plan.
The latest concluded agreements, between PTI and Western Paraná City Halls, involved Foz do Iguaçu and Boa Vista da Aparecida, through an incentive term, foreseeing its completion in July 2019.
PTI sanitary engineer, Renata Saviato Dias, who’s also a part of the Economical and Social Sustainable Development Program of Western Paraná, has been following PTI’s relationship within the agreements with City Halls, and states that Itaipu has a major part in all of those processes due to its financial support and concern with the environment and the development of small municipalities. “But, just like Itaipu, PTI also takes over an important role in the project by offering technical support work to City Halls. Not only during the review and elaboration of the Plans, but after their conclusion as well”, she stated.
Renata quotes as examples of social work being developed in Quatro Pontes, as environmental awareness for schools and follow up, visits and mobilization of the community. “It’s a whole sensitizing work regarding environmental sanitation in order to train agents able to replicate the information door to door”, the engineer emphasized.
The Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan for Santa Terezinha was delivered in June this year.
According to PTI superintendent director, Jorge Augusto Callado, the basic sanitation issue is one of the country’s biggest challenges, “because we know the numbers in general aren’t as positive when it comes to sewer collection, treatment, collection and deployment of solid waste, as well as the relation of drinking water and urban draining. Therefore, it’s very important for PTI within its mission, to work in a technical manner in order to look for a solution for these problems and subsequent improvement of those numbers”, he states.
To Jorge Callado, all investments destined to sanitation is a preventive one in terms of quality of life and health. “Resources in the health sector can be implemented in a preventive way and not just focused on diseases”, he evaluates.