Residents of the world’s 12th-largest city are being warned that their access to water might be limited to just two days per week as Brazil’s drought continues to strain the South American country.
The drought — Brazil’s worst since the government began keeping records in the 1930s — has nearly emptied reservoirs across the country, particularly in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo, where low water levels have also forced operators to deactivate a number of hydropower plants.
Now, Sao Paulo officials told the New York Times earlier this week, water might be cut off as many as five days per week, leading some to speculate whether the population of more than 20 million might be urged to flee.
HydroWorld.com reported in November that many utilities in the country were beginning to consider raising power rates given their reliance on hydroelectric generation, which accounts for more than 70% of the country’s total output capacity.
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