Sabesp expands water discount program

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brazil's São Paulo state water utility Sabesp was given the nod to further expand a discount program that rewards customers who reduce their water usage.

The state's water and energy regulator Arsesp approved the proposal, part of a drive to help tackle a severe water crisis there.

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A 30% discount is currently applied to bills of customers who cut their water usage by at least 20%.

Under the new discount regime consumers who cut back but to a lesser extent will also benefit.

From Thursday, clients who use 10-14.9% less will receive a 10% discount, and those cutting usage 15% or more will be entitled to the 20% rate.

Sabesp will compare usage with average consumption from February 2013 to January 2014, according an Arsesp release.

Bill-payers in state capital São Paulo as well as in 42 other cities and towns are eligible.

As of Thursday, Cantareira – the state's main water supply system – was operating at 3% of capacity. Sabesp is currently boosting levels by extracting more "dead volume" water from the system. The procedure should be completed this month.