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6 February 2015 Learning from adversity

When I began to write this blog one year ago, I did so talking precisely about the water crisis that São Paulo was experiencing and what, in my opinion, were the true causes of the situation. I am talking in the past because the crisis phase is already behind us, and what we are experiencing now is much worse. It is a situation of general emergency. To summarize, out of the four main systems which supply São Paulo there are two in which the water has gone below the catchment level, and the rest of the water, the so-called ‘dead volume’, is being pumped by means of floating pumps. The rainy season, which is about to end, has only managed to slow down the rate at which the levels are decreasing, but has not at all reversed the trend.

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1 April 2014 Brazil: toward the interconnection of basins
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Water rationing was officially declared last Monday 17 March in the municipality of Guarulhos, meaning, for practical purposes, that the 1.3 million citizens who live there will have running water on alternate days, one day yes then one day no. This has not gone unnoticed in the big metropolis of São Paulo. Guarulhos is one of the municipalities of São Paulo metropolitan area, the one with the biggest population after the capital and which includes the international airport in it, so in just three months’ time thousands of football players, fans and authorities will pass through it.

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