maltose, Cantareira reservoir is the name.
Sabesp, which is São Paulo's water utility company, started tapping water from reservoirs, so that "boosted" the reservoir levels from 3% to about 13% at the end of last month. Last I checked, and that's just by loosely translating Portugese, is that the reservoir is down to about 11.5%.
São Paulo government now planning to build water treatment plants to supply the reservoirs with treated water...http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2359673&CategoryId=14090
Brazil’s largest metropolis has announced measures to battle the worst water crisis in its history caused by severe drought conditions in the region.
Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin said Wednesday that from 2016, the reservoirs, where water levels are currently at a critical level, would be replenished with treated water, reducing dependency on rains which have been scarce in recent months.
A water treatment center has been planned which will have the ability to produce two cubic meters (2.2 cubic yards) of water per second, for the Guarapiranga reservoir which supplies 4.9 million people in the city.
The regional government has also announced the construction of 29 new reservoirs aimed at increasing the water storage capacity by 10 percent for Sao Paulo.
Despite some rain over the last few days, the water levels in the Cantareira system reservoirs, which supply water to almost 7 million people, have fallen drastically and reached reserve levels.
During the first five days of November, Sao Paulo received 43.2 millimeters (1.7 inches) of rain, while in the entire month of October, it received 42.5 millimeters (1.67 inches).
Acute drought conditions, apart from Sao Paulo, have also affected other regions of the country and could also have repercussions on other sectors of the country, such as electricity generation.
I guess the only problem here is... at this rate, the reservoir water will be gone well before 2016 clocks in. Sounds like Brazil, as with the developed world at large, needs to institute environmental education, and work towards reforestation and water conservation practices. And global demand for Brazilian crops and livestock that exist at the expense of the rainforest will have to soften dramatically. Too bad I think it's a quixotic fantasy that this will happen soon, but without those, this is going to drag on, and fester as growth continues, unfettered. The old lady swallowed a fly, who swallowed a spider, who swallowed a...