Reparation and development

Water Supply

Water Supply

After the B1 Dam Breach in Brumadinho, the use of water from the Paraopeba river was interrupted and Vale assumed a commitment, with the competent public authorities to guarantee the water supply of all municipalities impacted by this measure.

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Our initiatives are divided into two fronts, which serve the public supply and the riverside population

Emergency corrective actions

These are actions aimed at animal consumption, agricultural irrigation and human consumption.

Structuring preventive actions

Those actions carried out to ensure water security and that usually involve works, in order to promote improvement and adjustments in the public supply. They consist of the drilling and reactivation of deep tubular wells, abstractions in surface water sources and in the installation of water treatment systems.

Public supply

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Access to water in sufficient quantity and quality is a human right. Therefore, we are working with the implementation of several solutions for the supply of drinking water in the municipalities that had withdrawal from the Paraopeba river.

Raw water reservoir in Paraopeba and Caetanópolis
New capture of Paraopeba river
Pará River Pipeline System
Wells in Caetanópolis and Paraopeba
Community Supply
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Find out about the solutions being executed

So far, Vale has released a flow of:

204, 060, 040

liters/day for public supply

This equates to a city of

1,3 milion


*Data on January 04, 2022, according flows granted

Supply for the
riverside population

Distribution of drinking water to those who live on the banks of the Paraopeba River. This water can be supplied by wells drilled or reactivated by Vale (structuring preventive actions) or by means of a water truck or mineral water distribution (emergency corrective actions).

Volume of water supplied via water truck



Milions liters

Animal consumption


milion liters

Domestic use


milions liters

*Data on August 30, 2021

Volume of mineral water
provided to communities


milions liters

*Data on December 30, 2021

Volume of water provided by wells
drilled and/or reactivated

Agricultural use



* Data on December 10, 2021, according flows granted

So far, in total, Vale has provided


Learn about the actions carried out by Vale in the Paraopeba River Basin

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Understand the criteria for receiving water by the riverside population

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Learn how water is distributed to the riverside population

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Which municipalities receive
water supplied by Vale?

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Illustration of a transparent map on a blue background with the following municipalities: Brumadinho, São Joaquim de Bicas, Mário Campos, Betim, Esmeraldas, Juatuba, Florestal, Pará de Minas, São José da Varginha, Pequi, Fortuna de Minas, Maravilhas, Papagaios, Paraopeba, Curvelo and Pompeu. Next to it, the names of the municipalities are written vertically. When a name is clicked, the municipality in question turns white on the map.
  • Brumadinho
  • São Joaquim de Bicas
  • Mário Campos
  • Betim
  • Esmeraldas
  • Juatuba
  • Florestal
  • Pará de Minas
  • São José da Varginha
  • Pequi
  • Fortuna de Minas
  • Maravilhas
  • Papagaios
  • Paraopeba
  • Curvelo
  • Pompéu
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Treatment systems

Vale continues to work to improve the water quality of the Paraopeba river basin.

One of its actions is the installation of treatment systems to ensure quality water for the population living in the locations between Brumadinho and the Três Marias reservoir. The installation of the new treatment systems was based on an agreement made with the State Health Department of Minas Gerais (SES/MG).

Structuring preventive actions in the
Rio das Velhas Basin

Although it has not been impacted by the B1 rupture, the Rio das Velhas is receiving a preventive investment. Get to know some actions:

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Protection of withdrawal and ETA
Bela Fama Reinforcement

The initiatives covered in the investment include the installation of a containment barrier that surrounds the capture of Bela Fama, in Nova Lima. This barrier is about 3 meters high and 300 meters long and its works were completed in December 2019. In addition to the barrier, Vale is also studying a complementary system for the Bela Fama Treatment Plant, with the objective of reinforcing the system, increasing the efficiency of current treatment processes and ensuring water drinkability.

Manifolds - Copasa water truck supply

RMBH supply contingency plan

Pipeline system: piping or channel that conducts the water from withdrawal to the treatment plant.

Cambimbe Pipeline System

Pipeline system: piping or channel that conducts the water from withdrawal to the treatment plant.

Carlos Prates Pipeline System

North Vector

Sabará Wells

Essential customers

Water Security

In addition to the projects executed by Vale, the company is developing 5 (five) basic projects of water safety works, which will be delivered to the water supply concessionaire for subsequent bidding and contracting and aim to guarantee a demand corresponding to 15,000 l/s to supply the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte.

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Contagem - Belo Horizonte Interconnection pipeline system of reservoirs R10-R13
Mario Campos - Betim Collection at Ribeirao da Prata
Bonfim - Brumadinho Withdrawal from Ponte de Arame
Nova Lima - Rio Acima - Itabirito Dam Project in the Macaúbas stream
Nova Lima - Raposos Expansion of the Manso River supply system

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Expansion of the Manso River supply system

We are developing studies and projects to ensure compliance with the current water demand of RMBH corresponding to 15,000 l/s. One of the structuring interventions is the expansion of the Manso River water supply system. The projects include the expansion of capacity by approximately 55% of the Water Treatment Plant - ETA Manso, and also the expansion of 4 elevators and water pipeline systems.

Interconnection pipeline system of reservoirs R10-R13

The Conduct Agreement (TC) also includes Water Security the preparation of a treated water pipeline project with approximately 30 km in length that will interconnect two reservoirs, called R10 and R13 and increase the possibility of transfer between the water systems of Paraopeba and the Rio das Velhas, which will provide an increase in resilience for public supply of RMBH.

Dam project in the Macaúbas stream

Projects are being prepared for the implementation water withdrawal works in the Macaúbas stream through the implementation of a dam, shrinkage and water supply until the new withdrawal from the Paraopeba river. These interventions will bring greater security for water reservation and continuity of public supply especially in critical periods (drought).

Withdrawal from Ponte de Arame

Part of the scope of the Water Security TC consists of studies and projects for the implementation of new water withdrawal in the Rio das Velhas, in the region known as "Ponte de Arame". This new system will have the implementation of 1 run-of-the-river water withdrawal system in its first stage and later with the implementation of a Dam. These projects will supply the Water Treatment Plant - ETA Bela Fama through a pipeline system approximately 25 km in length. As the 1st Dam in the basin of the Velhas river for public supply, this project will provide greater security for supplying the RMBH.

Withdrawal from the Ribeirão do Prata

In addition, the Water Security scope includes the withdrawal of water in the Ribeirão do Prata, which includes the collection by water and a pipeline extending approximately 9 km to the Bela Fama WTP.