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A lifeline through our pipeline

A lifeline through our pipeline
The new pipeline installation at Minas-Rio, Brazil The new pipeline installation at Minas-Rio, Brazil

The communities of Catuné and Água Santa de Minas in Brazil, have struggled for decades to receive healthy drinking water.
 
While the infrastructure systems for delivering water to these communities are in place, the water that reaches them is not potable. Attempts to filter the water were not sufficient to eliminate micro-organisms that are harmful to health. With diseases relating to unpurified water being the second highest cause of infant mortality in Brazil, this has been a major concern to residents. This, however, will soon be a concern of the past.

Both communities are in an area through which our Minas-Rio pipeline will pass, and, as part of our commitment to the local area, our iron ore business has collaborated with the city government of Tombos to solve this problem.

With an investment of $120,000, we are acquiring and installing two water treatment stations and the local government will upgrade the existing water supply infrastructure, install hydrometers and maintain the stations.

Around 3,000 people will benefit by having access to healthy drinking water and an environmental education programme is planned to create awareness about its use.
We believe access to healthy drinking water should not be a privilege but a right, and we are doing our best to uphold that right.

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