As the months went by the drop in the storage levels of the seven springs in São Paulo was accentuated Together they have 368 of the total capacity in December Alto and Rio are with less than half of water The situation is a little calmer in the Lourenço and Rio Grande systems.
Also in March when R7 spoke with the CEO of Sabesp Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo he guaranteed that there would be no rationing However Cantareira was at almost half its capacity a rate that was even worse than in 2013 when the state faced a severe water crisis.
We had a dry winter in 2020 and below average rainfall in February In a situation prior to the water crisis we could be worried but we did a series of works that changed the role of Cantareira Today Alto Tietê and Guarapiranga can meet the needs of There is system integration and we can play with that said Benedito Braga at the time.
Also in May consumers were surprised by the increase in the water and sewage bill authorized by Arsesp Public Services Regulatory Agency of the State of São Paulo Residential commercial industrial and public users had average tariffs adjusted by the annual IPCA Broad Consumer Price Index of 76 The exception was population.
Cantareira is responsible for supplying 729 million inhabitants It stores approximately 12 trillion liters of water 982 billion liters above the level of the floodgates useful volume and the rest below the floodgates technical reserve.
The situation worsened throughout the year because the long awaited rains did not reach the expected averages not even after the drought