Project Management provides partnerships and takes treated water to Paraty

                                                              

Project Management provides partnerships and takes treated water to Paraty

Comunitas
Solution proposed by: 
Comunitas, City Hall of Paraty and Falconi Consultores de Resultados
In a Nutshell: 
Through the creation of a Project Management Office, the city of Paraty has managed to develop and prioritize the public-private partnership project of sanitation, decreasing in 87% of the cases of intestinal infections and dehydration.
Where and When: 
The solution was implemented in city of Paraty, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in partnership with program Juntos since 2014, when was created the Project Management Office. The work follows in the municipality.
Challenges: 
Until 2014, the city of Paraty not offered treated water to their population, as well as sewage treatment. As a result, the population suffered from associated diseases, especially children. The necessary investments were too high for the financial capacity of the City administration and the municipality had difficulties in proposing solutions. In addition, the Administration could not develop a plan or engaging sectors of society and other levels of Government in favor of the necessary solution.
Innovation: 
In partnership with the Juntos program, was implemented in Paraty a Project Management Office, seeking to improve the capacity planning and execution of the actions considered a priority in the city. For this, were mapped all ongoing projects. It was also accomplished the public servers training, so that they can internalize and replicate for other ongoing projects. In addition to the provision of water and sewage treatment, the Office has accompanied , the construction of basic health units, the city Pier reform and the recognition of the city as patrimony of UNESCO.
Concept: 
The basis of this work front is Juntos pelo Desenvolvimento Sustentável (Together for Sustainable Development Program, a public-private partnership that aims to improve management in order to deliver better public services to the population, improving competitiveness of cities and quality of life to the citizens.) The program is lead by Comunitas, a Brazilian social organization. Enhance the public administration is the program goal, in which project management is included. Among the actions, for the identification of projects portfolio, followed by the check alignment with the strategic objectives of the city and budget availability. It is necessary to establish priorities between projects to plan, contract, execute and track projects. To fulfill these goals, Juntos always encourage the creation of a department or group to institutionalize the Project Management Office (PMO), which promotes greater efficiency, efficacy and effectiveness in achieving results. In public administration, the existence of a PMO allow the unification of practices and how manage the projects, often performed without standardization. The progress of the actions is carried out trough analysis and periodic meetings
Description: 
With the PMO implemented in Paraty, was established a monitoring methodology that allowed the better progress of priority actions. The main one was just obtain water treated and, in a second moment, treated sewage for the population. In project management, it was identified that the best way to accomplish that goal would be through a public-private partnership. From this, in 2013, was approved by the City Hall the law that allowed the provision of water and sewer system to the private sector, which was followed by a public hearing for the presentation of the Municipal Sanitation Plan. With the availability of the necessary information, was initiated the process of political negotiation with other actors, resulting in the adhesion of the Rio de Janeiro State and Federal Governments to work. It has been found that the probability of participation of the private sector would increase if the bidding for execution of the works and for the provision of services was done in a unique way. Thus, in 2014, it was assigned a partnership predicting investment more than R$ 80 million in the first three years, reaching the R$ 240 million in two decades. The investments were divided among the concessionaire Águas de Paraty, which won two other companies in the bidding process, the City Hall, the Rio de Janeiro’s Secretary of Environment and Eletronuclear, a company made up of public and private capital, which has the Brazilian Government as main shareholder. With the partnership, the works were initiated and, currently, 100% of the inhabitants of the urban area of Paraty have access to treated water. The first sewage treatment plant, covering 80% of the urban area, will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016, when it also will begin to be made investments in treated water in rural municipality
Impacts: 
So far, there has been a 60% reduction in cases of disease related to consumption of improper water, according to the Health Secretary of Paraty. Among children, the cases of intestinal infections and dehydration fell 87%, according to the clinical director of the Municipal Hospital São Pedro de Alcântara. In addition, a sanitation system is one of the conditions imposed by UNESCO so that the city to be recognized as World Cultural Heritage.

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Credit: Águas de Paraty collection/photographer: Danilo Castro
Credit: Águas de Paraty collection/photographer: Danilo Castro