Emergency action postpones São Paulo water D-Day

Monday, October 27, 2014

Residents in parched São Paulo city were given a five-month water supply reprieve after state utility Sabesp completed a second extraction of "dead volume" water.

The Brazilian company started pumping 106Bl of the deeply settled water into the Cantareira system supply system in mid-October.

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According to the utility's website, the procedure was completed last Friday, increasing the system's water supply level to 13.6% of capacity from 3% reported on October 23.


The first extraction, of 183Bl, in mid-May increased Cantareira's water supply level to 27.5% from 8.2%.

If the region's dry spell continues and levels drop at the same rate, Cantareira could be completely dry by February.

If rainfall increases as expected, Cantareira might not run dry until April.

To help ensure the city's taps keep running, Sabesp has launched a water supply action plan.