Sao Paulo Warned To Take Steps To Avoid World Cup Water Shortage
The World Water Council is warning Sao Paulo "to take emergency measures to conserve water as the region reels from a record drought or risk supply shortages during the World Cup," according to Christiana Sciaudone of BLOOMBERG. Benedito Braga, president of Sabesp, Brazil’s largest water utility, said in Sao Paulo that the group should implement “heavy fines” for excessive use to help avoid any "shortfalls during the football championship." The city "is hosting the inaugural game and five other matches of the World Cup" that runs from June 12-July 13. The drought has shrunken water levels in Cantareira’s basin, "which supplies almost half of the 20 million residents of metropolitan Sao Paulo," to 14.7% of capacity, the lowest since at least '82. Braga said, "The solution is to use water strictly for hygiene and health only and not for washing cars or sidewalks -- that’s the only way out that we have" (BLOOMBERG, 3/19).