Friday, April 11th 2014 - 08:38 UTC

Water rationing round the corner for the metropolis of Sao Paulo, admits major utility

The metropolis of Sao Paulo may have to ration water this year if reservoir levels are not replenished, Brazil's largest water and sewage utility said, an increasing possibility as the southeast region heads into its dry season.

The Cantareira reservoir is at just 12.7% of its capacity, with no rain in sight and 20 million thirsty

 Worries of a water shortage in the city of some 20 million that will host the soccer World Cup opening match on June 12 have increased amid dry weather this week, and the city's main source of water, the Cantareira reservoir, was at just 12.7% of its capacity.

Economists worry that water rationing or shortages could take a toll on Brazil's fragile economy, which is expected to grow just 2% this year, and a shortage in Brazil's business hub would add to the challenges facing President Dilma Rousseff, who is expected to be re-elected in October.

The utility company, Cia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo SA, Sabesp, said it had turned to other water sources in the region but was running out of options.

“If the rains do not return to appropriate levels and reservoir levels are not restored, we may be forced to take more drastic measures, such as water rationing,” the company said in an annual report published this week.

Sabesp just a month ago said it was not considering rationing water in Sao Paulo, saying such a measure would hurt consumers and raise costs. Some small cities in Sao Paulo state have already seen water shortages and rationing imposed.

Southeastern Brazil suffered from its hottest, driest January on record this year, damaging corn, sugar and coffee crops that Brazil exports and spurring fears the lack of rain could trigger an energy shortage as well as a water shortage, since Brazil relies on hydro-electricity.

Temperatures have remained high and essentially no water has fallen on Sao Paulo state in April, according to local meteorologist Somar. Meteorologists are forecasting the El Niño phenomenon will develop later this year, which would bring heavy rains to southern Brazil but not until the second half of the year.

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1 ilsen (#) Apr 11th, 2014 - 01:01 pm Report abuse
Obvious lack of planning.
2 yankeeboy (#) Apr 11th, 2014 - 03:03 pm Report abuse
Doesn't Brazil rely on hydro to produce most of their energy?
Rut ro
3 Fido Dido (#) Apr 11th, 2014 - 04:11 pm Report abuse
“Obvious lack of planning.”

Yes, lack of investments in infrastruture by the state government of Sao Paulo and same “drought issue” like in California (State government failure) where the BBC tried and failed with their Global warming agenda (British Blabber Corporation, should be called BPC, British Propaganda Corporation). They dared and failed...again, because oh boy are they desperate for that carbon taxes.
4 Jack Bauer (#) Apr 11th, 2014 - 05:26 pm Report abuse
Ilsen@1..“Obvious lack of planning.”
a problem endemic to Brazil.....same thing with “maintenance”..
I don't think the words 'planning' and maintenance' figure in Brazilian dictionaries...and worst of all , like adding insult to injury, is to have to listen to the politicians tell the public that there are 'no problems'....as they say here , “conversa para boi dormir”...or ”bs'.
5 Brasileiro (#) Apr 11th, 2014 - 08:04 pm Report abuse
Drought hits throughout the South and Southeast of Brasil, but only in Sao Paulo will be rationing.

It's obvious that guilt is the PSDB!! “Incompetentes”
6 Tik Tok (#) Apr 11th, 2014 - 09:20 pm Report abuse
Brassie - Duh - PT has been in power for 12 years and you roll out your waffle. Infrastructure is a debacle in Brazil. Last 10 years cars on the road has gone from 23 million to 45 million, practically twice as many cars, but not a chance there is twice as many roads. Lot of talk and no action in Brazil.
7 Jack Bauer (#) Apr 11th, 2014 - 09:31 pm Report abuse
@5, d'you see now Brasileiro why I, and just about every one who posts here, thinks you are an idiot.....Your remark, “It's obvious that guilt is the PSDB!! ”, is so biased, it's almost not worth wasting time trying to educate you. It's more than obvious you are a brainwashed petista, so I doubt anything I say will change your little mind...
Sure, the problem IS SERIOUS LACK OF INFRASTRUCTURE, this year compounded by the drought.....but to single out SP as the only State that suffers from it, is ludicrous. And if, in your opinion, “Sao Paulo” is lacking in infrastructure, what about the rest of Brazil ? what about the State that your beloved Lula came from, Pernambuco ? and all the other northeastern States, all governed for decades by the same trash, which if not currently run by petistas, by strong supporters of those “incompetent” thieves in the Federal Government.
And , as you blame the PSDB for the lack of rain in SP, are you going to blame the PT and the PMDB for the floods in the North ??
Last of all, I'd like to hear your opinion on the Federal f**k up regarding the stadiums, the airports etc, for the World Cup....are you capable of expressing yourself sensibly, or are we going to get the usual crap ?
8 Anglotino (#) Apr 11th, 2014 - 10:09 pm Report abuse
Actually it is a lack of planning.

My city recently came through a TEN YEAR DROUGHT. I somehow doubt São Paulo's has been that long.

Educate to reduce consumption.
Charge to reduce consumption.
Repair to reduce water loss.
And PLAN for these events with new infrastructure.

Because it will happen again.
9 Brasileiro (#) Apr 11th, 2014 - 10:19 pm Report abuse
It's too late to talk about it. Brasil should be a satisfaction to the world. Then everything will happen as scheduled. I never wanted this for my country, but I will not leave my country alone. I will do everything possible and impossible for the good of my country. Then we must find the culprits and punish them.
10 ilsen (#) Apr 12th, 2014 - 12:46 am Report abuse
@3
Your comments make no sense.
From what I can decipher. ...
1. This Article is about Brazil, not California
2. What has the BBC got to do with this?
3. The BBC has no input in Californian State policy on the Environment nor Energy issues.
4. It is actually illegal in the UK for the BBC to attempt to influence any local, county, state or national government in anyway shape or form.
5. The BBC abides by the law. If not, it is held accountable.

I know these concepts are alien to you, but some parts of the world exist where corruption is a rarity. NOT the norm !!!
11 Jack Bauer (#) Apr 12th, 2014 - 03:37 pm Report abuse
Brasileiro@9...It's NEVER too late to start fixing things,,,,but I agree, Brazil SHOULD be - and COULD BE, but isn't - a “satisfaction to the world”....but don't forget the satisfaction of the “Brazilian” population.
If you are truly interested in helping Brazil to get back on track, in October vote to get rid of the current Federal Government.......and we don't have to STILL find the culprits...everyone knows who they are... Lula, Dilma, Dirceu, Genuino, Dilma, JP Cunha, Jose Gabrielli and dozens of others involved in corruption scandals, of which, the 'mensalão' is only one...
Start by studying the past of those named above, and you will see they aren't worth their weight in sh*t, and far less suited to govern.
12 Conqueror (#) Apr 13th, 2014 - 11:23 am Report abuse
@3 Thick git!
@9 So, few, if any, World Cup or Olympics stadiums ready. NO airports ready. Water rationing. Riots. Street murders. You're going to have a lot of people to “punish”. Where do you administer the “punishment”? The construction worker that died trying to work straight through 18 hours? The greedy politicians who thought they could make a fast buck? The corrupt police? “Ordinary” Brazilians who don't know the meaning of “facts”, “honesty” or “truth”. Or only a passing appreciation of “intelligence”. I do trust that all those to be “punished” will be shot!
13 Jack Bauer (#) Apr 13th, 2014 - 06:01 pm Report abuse
@12, Despite several polls in the past decades, the latest having been carried out by the University of Sao Paulo in 2012, whereby 74 % of the population in 12 of the largest cities in Brazil, are in favour of the death penalty, or at least life imprisonment (that is, if the prisons ever manage to prevent mass escapes), neither of these sentences is likely to ever be carried out in Brazil ....the 1988 Constitution does not allow them (...in times of 'peace')... the only way to change that, is to start from scratch and promulgate a new Constitution.....the problem here is, that if THAT ever occurred, it is likely that Congress would probably vote for sentences even more lenient than the current ones...a rapist can be sentenced up to 12 years , but with good behaviour can be out in 2....a murderer can get up to 30 years in prison, but can be out in 5....instead of curbing crime, the ridiculous sentences encourage it.
The ironic side of all this political correctness promoted by politicians, is that they already impose the death sentence, indirectly, on hundreds of thousands of Brazilians due to the fact they steal a good part of the public funds destined to provide decent living conditions (hospitals, sanitation, public safety etc..) for the average Brazilian.

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