I’m still here in Sao Paulo, leaving tomorrow night.
The city reached a threshold last week in its fresh water supply.
The Cantareira reservoir has gone down to it’s limits. It’s at 17% volume now, a year ago it was at 54%.
All the water being extracted now is considered still water at the very bottom, thus concentrated with heavy deposits, like feces and heavy metal deposits like mercury.
I, who arrived here in late June have stopped drinking the water from the filter, because now you can actually taste and smell the metals.
The lack of water is due to a drought from last summer, it’s winter here now and it has barely rained since I arrived, barely, and remember we’re in the tropics.
It’s projected that the summer rains will only be able to fill the reservoir 25%.
Potentially speaking then, the 20 million people will run out of that new water very quickly too. They’re drinking, cooking and bathing in it now.
But what if the drought continues this summer?