The São Paulo state water utility is assuring customers that Brazil’s largest city won’t run out of water, even though a main reservoir is nearly dry.
The utility issued a statement Thursday saying that “water supplies will not end in November.”
Company President Dilma Pena raised alarm a day earlier when she told city legislators that the key Cantareira reservoir would be completely dry by mid-November if heavy rains don’t start soon. But the utility says it can pump in water from other sources.
São Paulo is experiencing its worst drought in 84 years. The Cantareira system provides water to some 6 million of the 20 million people living in the metropolitan area of São Paulo city.