Publications for Water Law Committee
Almost half of Brazil’s population does not have access to basic sanitation, a critical situation which has been further emphasised by the Covid-19 pandemic. In June 2020, the federal government issued Law No 14,026/2020 which aims to change this state of affairs and is expected to increase the much needed investment in this area.
The Covid-19 pandemic has uncovered the urban/rural inequalities in access to water supply in Colombia. Even though the government has taken temporary measures to address the crisis, it is imperative that new and permanent action is taken to ensure access to drinking water to the vast majority, if not the entire population.
Brazil’s underdeveloped sanitation infrastructure has presented several challenges in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The long-repeated practice of state-held companies executing contracts to provide sanitation services with no investment or expansion requirements became an obstacle for the further development in the sector. A new regulation which came into force in 2020 aims to change the status quo, enabling universal sanitation standards by 2033.
A Brazilian Federal Law (No 14,026/2020) entitled the ‘Sanitation Legal Framework’ or ‘New Sanitation Law’ was published on 16 July 2020. Its main objective is to standardise and qualify of the water supply and sewage disposal services across Brazil.