Dos Santos Rocha, W. and M. Salvetti

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World Bank Group


SISAR Ceará, Brazil Case Study


In 1996, when SISAR was created in the Brazilian state of Ceará, its main purpose was to bring access to water supply in rural areas where such service was not available before. These areas had been left aside by state water supply and sanitation (WSS) companies, which had predominantly focused on urban access to WSS services. From 1996 to 2016, SISAR’s coverage expanded dramatically, from 18 to 153 localities it reached operational cost recovery in 2012.
This success, which has encouraged the replication of the SISAR model in other rural contexts in the Brazilian states of Piaui and Bahia, is mainly based on a gradual improvement strategy and a specific labor arrangement.

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Dos Santos Rocha, W. and M. Salvetti (2017) SISAR Ceará, Brazil. Case Study , World Bank Group , Washington DC, USA


World Bank: SISAR Case Study
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