City of 20 million people to cut water service to just 2 days per week; humanity plunging towards ecological disaster

Monday, February 16, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Sunday, February 15, 2015

A last-ditch effort to avoid a complete collapse of one of the city’s primary water sources, the city of Sao Paulo in Brazil, population 20 million, has proposed cutting off the water supply up to five days a week, allowing residents to access water only twice per week, or about eight times monthly.

As we reported back in December, Brazil’s largest city is barely surviving the worst recorded drought to ever hit the region. With demand for water far exceeding supply, officials have been frantically working to develop a system that will preserve what little water remains while avoiding a complete breakdown of this large metropolitan region.

The “Sistema Cantareira,” a series of five interconnected reservoirs that under normal conditions provides water for about 9 million of Sao Paulo’s residents, is almost completely dry. According to the latest reports, the utility, which sits almost halfway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, is down to a mere 5.1 percent of its total capacity of 264 billion gallons of water.

If nothing is done to conserve what little water remains, the entire system will more than likely be dry in a matter of months, and most likely weeks, leaving almost half of the city without water. Consequently, the government is proposing some drastic measures that it says are necessary to prevent a total collapse.

“The government of the state of Sao Paulo has admitted that it may be forced to impose ‘drastic’ and ‘tough’ water rationing in Greater Sao Paulo, with possible cuts to supply of up to five days,” explains the Brazilian news source Folha de S.Paulo. “The government did not provide further details or specify when the plans will come into effect.”

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