A tender is expected to be launched by the end of this year to build desalination facilities in Rio Grande do Norte state.
15 municipalities of the central-northern Coquimbo region were declared disaster areas.
Investment required is US$15mn. The pipeline is expected to supply water to over 900,000ha and benefit 180 livestock producers.
This remark was made by Léo Heller, the UN's special rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, at the end of a 10-day visit to different parts of the country.
According to the regional public works representative, the Las Palmas dam is expected to be tendered in the following months.
Although executives in the Brazilian waterworks industry have the tall task of reaching universal water and sanitation coverage in the wake of an economic crisis, it can be done if the right steps are taken, according to sanitation engineering association (ABES) president Roberval Tavares de Souza.
This is one of 18 state waterworks concession models being prepared in Brazil.