The Guandu-RJ Committee participated this Friday (26) in the launch of the Water Security Program (Prosegh). This is an initiative of the Government of the State of Rio for projects on increasing the supply of water, recovering water sources, reforestation, reducing the risk of drought and preventing flooding and environmental accidents. The program is the result of inter-institutional articulation in favor of water security, of which the Guandu Committee is a part. The objective is to share information, experiences and offer new technologies and possible sources of financing.
The Ceremony was attended by Claudio Castro, Governor of the state; Raimundo Nonato Alencar de Castro, president of Light; Edes Fernandes de Castro, president of CEDAE; and Tiago Pampolha, Secretary of State for the Environment, among other authorities. The Guandu-RJ Committee was represented by the directors, Paulo de Tarso Pimenta, Julio Cesar Antunes and Ana Asti. According to Paulo de Tarso, general director of the Committee, the initiative appears as another tool to join efforts in favor of sanitation in the state. “We started work in the Permanent Interinstitutional Technical Group for Monitoring Water Security and the State Government launched the Program that will contribute to the implementation of actions articulated in this group and others that will emerge. We are going to study ways to implement and promote, whether financially or technically, projects that contribute to improving the quality and availability of water in the basin, which is so vital for the Metropolitan Region. The union of state actors and the fundamental role of the Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro, through the Specialized Action Group on the Environment, will enable the long-awaited advances in the basic sanitation agenda”, he highlighted.
The first project to integrate the program will be the transposition of water from the Paraíba do Sul River Basin to the Guandu River, an investment of R$ 400 million by Light, to expand electricity generation to 31 municipalities in the Metropolitan Region. In addition to Light’s intervention, the secretariat intends to launch works such as the dredging of the Poços River – an area prioritized in the studies by the Guandu-RJ Committee, investments in the Queimados Sewage Treatment Station (ETE) and permanent programs for Florestas do Amanhã and Limpa Rio.
Other planned actions are in the area of reforestation and PES (Payment for Environmental Services) programs, already carried out by the Committee for 11 years.
The planning has a forecast of actions for the next 22 years. In addition, the permanent inter-institutional technical group will continue to monitor water security in the Guandu region. The team will discuss and propose preventive and mitigating actions in relation to water quality. “Today, there is a vulnerability of water systems as a result of climate change. It is also necessary to contain the pollution of the rivers that reach the water intake of ETA Guandu, which supplies about 10 million people in the Metropolitan Region. In addition, this program has a unique role in the state, as it has a vision of development, as it guarantees to all fronts that want to invest in the state that there will be no shortage of water resources”, said the secretary of the Environment, Thiago Pampolha.
One of the main works that would benefit the Guandu System, and which will integrate the Prosegh, is the construction of the dike to transpose the flow of the Poços, Queimados and Ipiranga rivers to after the catchment point at the Guandu station. The project was finished about 20 years ago, but which Cedae now promises to take off the paper with its own resources. Another idea, discussed within the WG, is an intervention to pump the waters of Lagoa do Guandu, so that it does not stand still and thus reduce the chances of algae proliferation, one of the problems at the origin of the geosmin.
With information from Aline Lopes, ASCOM/SEAS-RJ.
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