Brazil’s water crisis is so bad that the army is staging simulations of a mass uprising at a water utility

Monday, August 10, 2015
By Paul Martin

Ariel Schwartz
TechInsider.io
Aug. 9, 2015

Here’s a scenario that seems plausible enough: The Brazilian megacity of São Paulo, currently dealing with Brazil’s largest water crisis in 40 years, continues to experience severe drought over the next several months.

The crisis deepens, and soon, some residents lose access to water altogether. The next step: a riot or crowd-driven attack on Sabesp, the local water utility.

It’s the kind of desperate measure that seems more like a distant post-apocalyptic situation for other drought-ridden places like California, but as one São Paulo water activist recently discovered, the Brazilian army is actually preparing for this possibility.

“I looked at the emergency plan from the government. They don’t know how we’ll save water,” explains Martha Lu, a water activist, in an interview with Tech Insider. “The army is in Sabesp doing an exercise to prepare for an invasion from the people.”

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