First South American Nereda Wastewater Treatment Plant opens in time for the Olympics

Image: the Deodoro Nereda wastewater plant

Situated in Deodoro, where a number of Olympic events will be held from 5 till 21 August, the plant’s first task will be in the sewage treatment for the neighbourhoods surrounding the sports complex and in the longer term the plant has capacity to accommodate the region’s projected population growth leaving a significant legacy from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The new wastewater treatment plant has 10 times the capacity of the region’s original one, which means that there will be a significant reduction in the flow of domestic sewage to the rivers in the West Zone and Guanabara Bay where the sailing events will be held.

Arjen Uijterlinde, Dutch Consul-General in Rio de Janeiro said: “The new water treatment installation in Deodoro – the first in the Americas with Dutch Nereda technology – will contribute to better living conditions of many thousands of inhabitants in these poorer parts of Rio and will help to make the Guanabara Bay cleaner.  With less than 10 weeks left to go until the Olympics, the city of Rio is already celebrating this legacy and I am confident that other water sanitation projects will follow this lead.”

João Almeida, Director Quality, Water Products and Innovation at Royal HaskoningDHV said: “The Deodoro Nereda plant is not only a landmark project for its impressive capacity, but also for the actual contribution to Enhancing Society Together in the whole region of Rio de Janeiro. With an additional plant in Jardim Novo in Rio Claro under construction and several more under design in São Paulo and Recife. We are looking forward to bringing Nereda technology to other regions in Brazil.”

Part of large sanitation project

The plant forms the core of wider improvements under the Foz Águas 5 scheme that is set to mobilize R$ 640 Million for sanitation works to improve the health of the local population and the environment. Under this scheme 200km of new sewage networks, 11 pumping stations and 25 thousand household connections are planned as part of the first phase of investment. The Nereda technology combines high quality treatment with a smaller footprint and lower investment and operating costs.

Read more on about the Deodoro project here.

(Persbericht Royal HaskoningDHV, juni 2016)