In Rio, Olympic ambitions, but a bottom-line conscience

Rick Maese and Dom Phillips – The Washington Post, 10/12/2015

The Olympic Games tend to leave behind artifacts, roadside reminders of what passed through town, elaborate structures such as the Bird’s Nest, the distinctive maze of metal in Beijing, or Munich’s Olympic Stadium, which had large canopies above one side that resembled the Alps.

“We’re not doing anything like that,” Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said bluntly.

The Summer Games are less than 10 months away, but already this much is clear: The Rio Olympics will not be a lavish or ostentatious affair. With Brazil in the midst of an economic crisis, the streamlined Games have forced Paes, city officials and the local organizing committee to tackle a two-pronged mission: stage a fiscally responsible event, and one that will still benefit the people of Rio long after the medals have been passed out and the athletes have left town.

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Brazil: new project to clean Olympic waters

Jenny Barchfield – Associated Press, 09/02/2014

Rio de Janeiro officials on Tuesday unveiled a new sanitation project that aims to eliminate the stain of raw sewage defiling the waters of Rio de Janeiro’s Gloria Marina, where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held.

Under the agreement, Rio’s state government is building a 1-kilometer- (0.62-mile-) long pipeline in the city’s Flamengo neighborhood to stem the flow of raw sewage into the Marina. The $6.2 million project will connect area rainwater collectors with a sewage treatment center in the Ipanema Beach area.

More than half of the sewage in this city of 12 million goes untreated, meaning that collected rainwater is often contaminated with raw sewage. More than 10,000 liters of raw sewage flows each second into most of Rio’s waterways, from the massive Guanabara Bay, where the Gloria Marina is located, to its beaches and lagoons.

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