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Breakingviews: Brazil's water crisis

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 03:30

Sao Paulo and its 20 mln inhabitants are close to running out of H20. Reynolds Holding and Antony Currie explain how the country's largest city got there and what lessons can be learned.

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We've talked about water before here breaking news focusing on severe droughts in California and Texas. But there's a much greater crisis playing out of South America where Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo. Faces of the real possibility of running out of drinking water. Anthony have we get here of what happens that flood whats coals this is the most immediate. Policy amounts is a year long drought plus. Very hot weather right now what what's lessons to success it obviously black ring full second and present itself power relies home. So it is Wilson for all of it supplies say okay pop pop oh well some equals good preparation equals not as much force threats that. It's it's a two folk no problem in the policy so what about the rain forced them I mean isn't that really what's 18 I hit it could be there are those who say that because of the destruction the right choices. Has got rid of and what they call I think cat and rivets so you get a huge amount of evaporation from the biggest she's a 300 meters a day apparently it is. One lead to put them up one meter square patch of and of devotion so it gets without that. Coming dance will center on a split. Yeah I mean I think that's for B to baseball on two different scientists don't believe that they don't have an impact well in amateurs more than just sort of a page geographic and physical problem and that's a political her political issues like yeah it's obviously sort of stuck in an effort to finance yet wit at play that a little bit in the elections when I had tumors of running for reelection as president last month. She. He called a huge cluster here in South College says the biggest city. In Brazil it's it's it makes up around just between crook Korda and faith. Of oval GDP in the country in the state of Sao Paulo. Which Mickelson is suffering from a war crisis and also via their accounts of 40% of the of the country's. And I just opposite is a huge political simple as well as being a massive one environmentalist as I ticket they would not. Require rationing nobody wanted to sort of sort of the actually suggested people to sack. Yeah I think there was that it's become much of B word what now what sap best which is he says he's done is that accurate. We're gonna cut back to the amounts of water pumping out of the biggest resolute on this really struggling. You know with the best attempts at just Temps and capacity in hindsight cut that back. See upon us I think right vaguely reduce the the pressure in the pumps. A night and somehow less than that bit of terror Chia political Savannah little people on get announced. And yet they they have not set list of ration is the noise it is a government momentarily putting in this well and it does speak says a lack of desire to see this is a crisis right capital say they won't see it as a as one you think but the rains haven't come yet it's thirty days that wins income for the season. But yeah it's. It's we've we've got a huge city here what you go creaky infrastructure 120 million people putting him people the leakage rate is thirty to 40% components Tokyo streets and you know pretty good as well getting better. It is but on the other informative infrastructure investment to put into making this. A broad city we're reuse recycling everything and this is a lesson for a lot of us none of the countries on the road decisions I was a little girls up there whether it's in America or whether you're looking at some very frustrating. Citizen on the road and probably. Big story will be following that story as well as others in the meantime stay tuned for more breaking news tomorrow.

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Breakingviews: Brazil's water crisis

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 03:30