Officials Must Act on Water Shortage in Sāo Paulo with World Cup Starting in June

The World Cup starts in the middle of June but officials in Sāo Paulo, Brazil -- where the games are to be held -- say the city is already facing a critical water shortage. Residents in poor communities report that their water is shut off every night and that they sometimes have no water for days.

The water shortage was avoidable and officials must act now to turn the shortage around. 

"There are a series of investments that if they had been done would have reduced the dependence on the Cantareira system," said prosecutor Ivan Castanheiro. The water shortage has already killed 20 tonnes of fish in the Piracicaba River. "This has already been an ecological disaster," he said.

Work on inter-basin transfers from nearby water basins that could have reduced São Paulo's dependence on the Cantareira system has been held up by Brazil's slow environmental licensing procedures.Tell officials that this process must be sped up and the water shortage acted upon before the World Cup!

Dear Sir,


We the undersigned ask that you intervene in the current water shortage in Sao Paulo before the World Cup in June.


The World Cup starts in the middle of June but officials in Sāo Paulo, Brazil -- where the games are to be held -- say the city is already facing a critical water shortage. Residents in poor communities report that their water is shut off every night and that they sometimes have no water for days.


The water shortage was avoidable and officials must act now to turn the shortage around. 


"There are a series of investments that if they had been done would have reduced the dependence on the Cantareira system," said prosecutor Ivan Castanheiro. The water shortage has already killed 20 tonnes of fish in the Piracicaba River. "This has already been an ecological disaster," he said.


Work on inter-basin transfers from nearby water basins that could have reduced São Paulo's dependence on the Cantareira system has been held up by Brazil's slow environmental licensing procedures.Tell officials that this process must be sped up and the water shortage acted upon before the World Cup!

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