“What has been happening in the southeast is totally atypical. (The levels of the reservoirs) are below those of last year and below those registered since the 1930s ,? Teixera said at a press conference held in Brasilia.
The Minister of the Environment participated in a meeting with representatives of seven ministries to analyze the energy and water situation in the southeast of the country, where the reservoirs (reservoirs) are at a minimum due to the lack of rainfall before the rainy season.
“We are accompanying and monitoring. It is a time when we all have a sensitive, complex problem, and we need everyone's collaboration.
Everyone has to know how to save water, save energy, "he said after the meeting.
The minister specified that the water supply is not the responsibility of the federal government, but stressed that it will give the necessary support to the states to carry out works that allow the supply of water.
In this regard, he recalled that the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, authorized to include in the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) the works to supply the Cantareira reservoir, one of the most important in the state of Sao Paulo and which is at historical lows , through the diversion of water from the Paraíba River basin.
The drought that affects southeastern Brazil has hit Sao Paulo especially, although the states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro have already begun to suffer the effects of this meteorological problem.
Around 50 cities in Minas Gerais began to establish water rationing measures, the regional government reported today, and local authorities in Rio de Janeiro have already warned that water cuts may come.