It may have the world’s biggest water supply and the seventh biggest economy, but that’s not enough to keep water running during the country’s worst dry stretch since the 1930s
With the lowest rainfall since 1930, reservoirs that supply almost half of the 20 million people in the metropolitan area – including the financial district – are close to running dry.
Families and businesses began reporting reduced pressure and empty taps last year but water restrictions have tightened since the turn of the year failed to bring rain.
“There are places in São Paulo that have been lacking water since last year.”
Despite Brazil having the largest water supply in the world, one of the main reservoir networks in São Paulo, the Cantareira system, is at just 10 per cent including deep reserves known as the “dead volume”.
And while February’s rainfall has been above average, it hasn’t been enough to replenish reserves.