SÃO PAULO (BDCi) – The operators of a dam in São Paulo have decided to reduce the flow of the Jaguari River to guarantee their own access to the water, leading the São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro governments to exchange threats of litigation as well as accusations this Tuesday (12).
Aggravating the water scarcity problem stemming from the region’s prolonged drought, the Jaguari River supplies water and electricity to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.
São Paulo utility Cesp reduced the volume of water flowing into the basin of a tributary last Friday (8), directly harming Rio state’s hydroelectric industry.
The National Electrical Energy Agency has stated that Cesp is not following the recommended flow increase in the river, so that the performance of the hydroelectric dam systems that supply Rio de Janeiro are not affected.
If Cesp does not change its decision, the agency will open an investigation.