Opinion: The case for communal utilities in Rio de Janeiro

According to Trata Brasil, at least 30% of Rio is not connected to a formal sanitation system, and only 39% of households in the city have a contract for sewage collection.

by Caleb Treviño

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro is one of the most heavily visited cities in Latin America. The city received 1.27 million tourists in 2015. For such a city, you might expect it to have somewhat solid infrastructure, public works, or at the very least, a proper sanitation system. Rio de Janeiro, however, has a massive sanitation problem.

According to Trata Brasil, at least 30% of the city is not connected to . . .

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