FONPLATA will fund sanitation and urban mobility works in Palhoça, Brazil

Ph. Municipal Government of Palhoça (SC) - Brazil

The Development Bank approved more than USD 11 million funding for the project "Speed Up Palhoça: Urban Infrastructure of the Southern Region and Frei Damião" of this tourist town in the Brazilian State of Santa Catarina. The purpose of the investment is to improve the quality of life of its population by implementing actions to supply drinking water and improve urban mobility, thus contributing to sustainable socioeconomic development.

The loan will support the implementation of urban and social integration and development actions in the Municipality of Palhoça, located in the State of Santa Catarina and only 15 km from Florianópolis, the capital of the State. The project will be executed by the Municipality and totals almost USD 14 million, 80% of which will be fund with resources from FONPLATA – Development Bank and 20% with local contribution.

The project aims at improving the drinking water supply system, by means of the expansion of about 50 km of distribution networks and of the existing Drinking Water Treatment Plant, and at revitalizing important access roads to sites with high tourist potential and on the way to low-income neighborhoods.

The planned works contribute to reach two of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG-6) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG-11).

Palhoça is part of the Greater Florianópolis area, which is crossed by two important Brazilian federal routes: BR-101, in the north-south direction, and BR-282. Due to a booming economic activity, the city has increased its population in recent years, and over the summer season the population triples with the arrival of tourists. This situation raises the need for infrastructure works to improve the quality of life of its people.