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Sao Paulo faces water rationing; in 100 days the system could run dry

Wednesday, July 30th 2014 - 15:18 UTC
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The key Cantareira water system, which provides water to some 9 million of the 20 million people metropolitan Sao Paulo city, has less than 16% of its capacity The key Cantareira water system, which provides water to some 9 million of the 20 million people metropolitan Sao Paulo city, has less than 16% of its capacity

Federal prosecutors have asked the government of Sao Paulo to present water rationing plans for Brazil's most populous state to prevent the collapse of its main reservoir. If such plans are not presented in 10 days, the prosecutor's office said on its website it may ask courts to force rationing.

 Sao Paulo is facing the worst drought in more than 80 years. The key Cantareira water system, which provides water to some 9 million of the 20 million people living in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo city, is at less than 16% of its capacity of 1 trillion liters.

Citing a study prepared by the state university of Campinas, the prosecutor's office said that the Cantareira system could run dry in 100 days unless rationing is implemented.

The Sao Paulo state government's water utility said in an emailed statement that it disagrees with the “imposition of water rationing, for it would penalize the population.”

Calling the drought the “worst in the state's history,” the Basic Sanitation Company of the State of Sao Paulo said that it has already adopted measures that have resulted in savings equivalent to those of a rationing system of 36 hours with water and 72 hours without water. Among the measures it mentioned is the 30% discount in the water bill for consumers who reduce consumption by 20%.

The utility said it “guarantees water supplies” until the next rainy season.

In a normal year, torrential rains shower Sao Paulo, channeling water through rivers down the lime-green hills to the north. But this year, only a third of the usual rain arrived, with 23 centimeters falling during the December to February rainy season.

In May, the utility company started pumping water from underneath the gates of the reservoir's dams. However the prosecutor's office said that this water has a high concentration of pollutants, including heavy metals, organic compounds, bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Categories: Environment, Brazil.

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  • Jbrenn

    Weather is being modified as a weapon of war against Brazil through technology perfected by the US.

    The US, Russia and other countries signed the UN weather weapons treaty in 1977 - yet overwhelming evidence shows that treaty is blatantly ignored.

    Sao Paulo is the most populous city in Brazil . . . control the availability of water and you can control it's people.

    Jul 31st, 2014 - 11:44 am 0
  • ChrisR

    So the answer to having no water and dieing of thirst is to have poisoned water that kills you anyway. Brilliant.

    In a western world the water company would be 'hung out to dry' for doing that (did you see what I did there?).

    Brazil: bat shit mad to the last drop.

    Jul 31st, 2014 - 01:05 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    @ 1
    And even has Brazilians who love the West!
    The West is a human killing machine! Westerners are the criminal dregs of humanity, if we can call them human.

    We need to escape them like bat out of hell!

    Jul 31st, 2014 - 03:16 pm 0
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