Sanitary sewage works begin in 24 cities in Ceará

With a total investment of BRL 6.2 billion, the works are the result of a PPP and aim to universalize this service by 2033

In the coming months, a series of works will begin for the expansion, operation, and maintenance of sanitary sewage systems in 24 cities in the state of Ceará. The work will be performed by Ambiental Ceará, through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) made with Companhia de Água e Esgoto do Ceará (Cagece), aiming to make this service universal by the year 2033. The total investment will be BRL 6.2 billion, benefiting more than 4.3 million people.

In the first 100 days of operation, sewage treatment plants will be built in the cities of Santana do Cariri, Nova Olinda, and Farias Brito. The forecast is to build 27 new treatment plants, 249 pumping stations, and implement more than 4,000 kilometers of sewage networks.

With the new infrastructure, the forecast is that more than 1 billion liters of sewage per month will be collected and treated. Currently, the assisted operation phase is being concluded in 17 cities, with a total of BRL 2.6 billion destined to the locations, benefiting 1.1 million people.

Another BRL 3.6 billion will be allocated for the works that will benefit more than 3.2 million people from Ceará, with the universalization of access to sewage collection and treatment. Ambiental Ceará has already started monitoring critical situations to be solved.


To conduct these works, more than 5 thousand projects were mapped with a technology called Intelligent Infrastructure, which adopts precision equipment such as drones, GPS, and 360º cameras.

In this way, the company has already been able to identify sensitive areas for more urgent interventions, contemplated in the operational plan and contributing from the preservation of the environment to the promotion of tourism and urban mobility.

A robot will help in the surveillance to curb irregular sewage dumping. The equipment is multifunctional, it is also capable of identifying obstructions in the sewage network that cause overflows.

By: Santelmo Camilo