SAO PAULO – Brazil’s largest metropolis has announced measures to battle the worst water crisis in its history caused by severe drought conditions in the region.
Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin said Wednesday that from 2016, the reservoirs, where water levels are currently at a critical level, would be replenished with treated water, reducing dependency on rains which have been scarce in recent months.
A water treatment center has been planned which will have the ability to produce two cubic meters (2.2 cubic yards) of water per second, for the Guarapiranga reservoir which supplies 4.9 million people in the city.
The regional government has also announced the construction of 29 new reservoirs aimed at increasing the water storage capacity by 10 percent for Sao Paulo.
Despite some rain over the last few days, the water levels in the Cantareira system reservoirs, which supply water to almost 7 million people, have fallen drastically and reached reserve levels.
During the first five days of November, Sao Paulo received 43.2 millimeters (1.7 inches) of rain, while in the entire month of October, it received 42.5 millimeters (1.67 inches).
Acute drought conditions, apart from Sao Paulo, have also affected other regions of the country and could also have repercussions on other sectors of the country, such as electricity generation.