RIO DE JANEIRO (BDCi) – Officials in Rio de Janeiro have launched a new sanitation project to clean up the raw sewage currently poisoning the water’s of the Gloria Marina, the site of the 2016 Olympic sailing events.
Under the $6.2 million project, a .62-mile-long pipeline in the Flamengo neighborhood will stem the flow of sewage into the marina.
In addition, rainwater collectors will be connected to a sewage treatment center in the Ipanema Beach area.
The new pipeline was not among the projects initially promised by Brazil during its Olympic bid but aims to solve the very visible and smelly problem that has recently been attracting media attention.
During an Olympic sailing test event last month, athletes complained about the stench of the sewage in the marina and photos even showed a dead dog floating in the water.
Construction is expected to begin as early as next week and is scheduled to last one year.