Belo Horizonte treating wastewater through SWITCH
May 16, 2007
When intensive rains hit Belo Horizonte (Brazil), a portion of the city’s water stream ends up sweeping through the city.
In 2006, Belo Horizonte began participating in the SWITCH project, aimed at integrating sanitation and urban water management. Designed to cover all elements of the urban water cycle, Belo Horizonte is one of nine demonstration cities, where the applicability and benefits of new technologies and systems are the driving force of the working teams.
SWITCH is a project of the European Commission and a UNESCO-IHE – led consortium of 32 partners from 14 countries worldwide. It is focusing on research on improving wastewater interception and end-of-pipe wastewater treatment, testing new technologies for storm water control, and also improving decision-making processes related to integrated urban water management.
Belo Horizonte anticipates huge improvements in the city’s sanitary conditions, in the drinking water, and also in the water discharged from rivers by the project’s end in 2010.
The ICLEI Water Campaign is an international freshwater management program that aims to build the capacity of local governments to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality. For more information on ICLEI’s Water Campaign, please visit www.iclei.org/water.
Belo Horizonte is one of 11 local governments in Brazil that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, please visit www.iclei.org/lacs.
Source: “Belo Horizonte: A SWITCH city to defeat pollution and floods”, UNESCO-IHE Newsletter, Spring 2007.