Vale has already made 2.2 million liters of mineral water available to municipalities in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo
Up until this Wednesday (18th), 2.2 million liters of mineral water have been made available by Vale to serve the population of the municipalities affected by the contamination of the Rio Doce due to the accident of the Samarco dams in Mariana which occurred on the 5th. In total Vale has bought 14.5 million liters of mineral water which is being delivered by contracted suppliers.
Aside from mineral water, Vale has offered another 600 thousand liters of drinking water shipped in sealed water tanks which will be transported using the Vitória to Minas railroad. To allow this transport to take place, special trains were mounted with up to eight 15 meter long platforms carrying water tanks provided by Fortlev. Half of the drinking water is already in Governador Valadares (MG) and awaits authorization from the competent authorities to be distributed. The other half was sent to the cities of Colatina and Baixo Guandu in Espírito Santo and Resplendor, Aimorés and Itueta in Minas Gerais. Tomorrow (19/11) a new train with 300,000 liters of water will be delivered in the region. The water will be distributed according to necessity.
Vale employees are working around the clock on the reception and distribution of shipments and supporting Samarco, Civil Defense, the Army, Military Police and the government agencies of the municipalities in the distribution of water to the population at strategic points. “Teams from Vale are fully mobilized and focused on this work in bringing water to communities. The logistics of the company is on hand to aid this effort ” says Zenaldo Oliveira, the director of Logistical Operations at Vale.
Teams from Vale and Samarco are also in Colatina digging wells that will enable alternative sources of water to help maintain supplies in the municipality. In all, six wells are expected to be drilled. They will be connected to the city’s treatment plant as soon as the water is found and have their quality and available water flow certified. The water drawn from one of the wells is already being analyzed, with distribution planned to start this weekend. In addition, engineering teams from Vale and Samarco are in the field studying the possibility of water collection from the Limão lagoon and the Rio Pancas to provide additional supply to the water treatment facilities. Since the 9th of August Vale has also made Samarco water trucks available to supply the population of Colatina.
Vale will contribute for as long as is necessary to the transport of water and other actions in support of the public agencies which are responsible for the distribution of the material in the municipalities. Vale reinforces its commitment to give all the necessary support to Samarco and communities to mitigate the consequences of the events in Mariana.