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Under the current program, customers get a 30% discount on their utility bill when they decrease water use at least 20%. The governor proposed lifting the minimum reduction and granting a 5% discount, for example, if the user cut consumption 5%.
"Sometimes people reduce their usage by 15%, or even 19%, and do not get a rebate. We are proposing that Sabesp give a discount to these customers," local paper Valor Econômico quoted the governor as saying on Thursday.
As of Thursday, Cantareira – the state's main water supply system – was operating at 4.1% of capacity.