10 Aug 2016
GC Network Brazil’s call to action for ‘Less Waste, More Water’

Every year, 6.5 billion cubic metres of water are wasted in the urban distribution systems in Brazil. That represents approximately 39% of all the water treated for consumption in the country. To reverse this situation, the Less Waste, More Water Movement (Movimento Menos Perda, Mais Água in Portuguese) was created to reduce water loss in distribution systems. Launched in Brazil, this UN Global Compact Network Brazil initiative was led by the companies Braskem and SANASA.

In view of the municipal elections in the country in October, a commitment letter will be forwarded to candidates running for mayor. It invites them to join the Movement and take publicly that, if elected, they would adopt the guidelines established in public policies and ensure priority efforts to sanitation in the city. Piracicaba in the state of São Paulo is the pilot city of the Movement. With a water loss reduction project started in 2015, the goal is to reach a loss rate of 25% by 2040.

The Movement aims to enhance the efficiency of water distribution until 2030. In attendance to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 6 “to ensure access to water and sanitation for all”, the focus is to reduce the number of people affected by water shortages in Brazil. Every year, financial losses caused by water waste reach over US$ 2 billion, as estimated by distribution companies.

The UN Global Compact Network Brazil articulated the design of the Less Waste, More Water Movement with the private sector, civil society, and public companies. Promoting debates on the issue, calculating targets, understanding the situation of municipalities and building capacity to deal with the water problems will be the Brazilian Network’s line of action leading to 2030.

“We have to increase the efficiency of water use until 2030. Our goal is to reduce the number of people affected by draughts. We have advanced one of the steps of the SDGs: the establishment of partnerships. If we continue like this, we will be able to accomplish efficiency in water management”, said the president of UNGC Network Brazil president, André Oliveira.

The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme will be supporting this important initiative and working with the Global Compact Local Network Brazil to encourage current and new Global Compact participant cities to make this commitment and take action to conserve water.

Learn more: www.pactoglobal.org.br

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