142 Cities In Brazil Are Now Rationing Water As Drought Goes Critical

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

Did you know that the drought in Brazil is so bad that some neighborhoods are only being allowed to get water once every three days?  At this point, 142 Brazilian cities are rationing water and there does not appear to be much hope that this crippling drought is going to end any time soon.  Unfortunately, most Americans seem to be absolutely clueless about all of this.

In response to the recent article about how the unprecedented drought that is plaguing California right now could affect our food supply, one individual left a comment stating “if Califirnia can’t supply South America will. We got NAFTA.”  Apart from the fact that this person could not even spell “California” correctly, we also see a complete ignorance of what is going on in the rest of the planet.  The truth is that the largest country in South America (Brazil) is also experiencing an absolutely devastating drought at the moment.  They are going to have a very hard time just taking care of their own people for the foreseeable future.

And this horrendous drought in Brazil could potentially have a huge impact on the total global food supply.  As a recent RT article detailed, Brazil is the leading exporter in the world in a number of very important food categories…

Over 140 Brazilian cities have been pushed to ration water during the worst drought on record, according to a survey conducted by the country’s leading newspaper. Some neighborhoods only receive water once every three days.


Water is being rationed to nearly 6 million people living in a total of 142 cities across 11 states in Brazil, the world’s leading exporter of soybeans, coffee, orange juice, sugar and beef. Water supply companies told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the country’s reservoirs, rivers and streams are the driest they have been in 20 years. A record heat wave could raise energy prices and damage crops.


Some neighborhoods in the city of Itu in Sao Paulo state (which accounts for one-quarter of Brazil’s population and one-third of its GDP), only receive water once every three days, for a total of 13 hours.

Are you starting to see what I mean?

This is serious.

The drought in North America also continues to get even worse.  According to an expert interviewed by National Geographic, this drought in the state of California “could last for 200 years or more”…

B. Lynn Ingram, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks that California needs to brace itself for a megadrought—one that could last for 200 years or more.


As a paleoclimatologist, Ingram takes the long view, examining tree rings and microorganisms in ocean sediment to identify temperatures and dry periods of the past millennium. Her work suggests that droughts are nothing new to California.

A drought of even 10 years would absolutely cripple this nation.  Already, the size of the total U.S. cattle herd is the smallest that it has been in 63 years and California farmers are going to let half a million acres sit idle this year because of the extremely dry conditions.  If this drought persists for several more years we will have an unprecedented crisis on our hands.

Unfortunately, there are signs that this current drought in California may be part of a larger trend.  I had never heard of “the Pacific Decadal Oscillation” before this week, but apparently it is a phenomenon that can cause droughts that last “for decades“…

Ingram and other paleoclimatologists have correlated several historic megadroughts with a shift in the surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean that occurs every 20 to 30 years—something called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). The PDO is similar to an El Nino event except it lasts for decades—as its name implies—whereas an El Nino event lasts 6 to 18 months. Cool phases of the PDO result in less precipitation because cooler sea temperatures bump the jet stream north, which in turn pushes off storms that would otherwise provide rain and snow to California. Ingram says entire lakes dried up in California following a cool phase of the PDO several thousand years ago.

And of course it isn’t just the western half of the country that is struggling with water supply problems.  In the Southeast, water has been a major political issue for quite some time

The drought-parched states of Georgia, Alabama and Florida are back at it — fighting for a slice of water rights in a decades-long water war that’s left all three thirsty for more.


The 24-year dispute is emblematic of an increasingly common economic problem facing cities and states across the country – the demand for water quickly outpacing the supply as spikes in population soak up resources.

Most of us that live in the United States are accustomed to having seemingly inexhaustible supplies of fresh water.  We use more fresh water per capita than anyone else on the planet, and most of us never even think twice about it.

Unfortunately, things are changing.  We are on the precipice of a great water crisis, and many Americans are going to be in for a very rude awakening.

And the frightening thing is that the U.S. is actually in much better shape than most of the rest of the world is when it comes to supplies of fresh water.  In some areas of the globe, a “water crisis” is already a daily reality.

We have heard that someday water is going to become the “new oil”, and we are starting to get to that point.  Life is simply not possible without water, and as global supplies of clean, fresh water dwindle it is inevitable that it is going to cause global tensions to rise.

So what do you think the solutions to these problems are?


Drought - Photo by Bert Kaufmann

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superflex's picture

There go lower coffee prices

zaphod's picture

We might be at peak humans on the planet. It's not just a food issue hitting india or africa, it is that there is not enough global fresh water for everyone. Good thing the US has imported a record number of people lately.

johnQpublic's picture

...and when there was no crawdad, we ate sand

Crisismode's picture



And here in the Northeast USA we've had so much snow & rain, there's nowhere for the water to go.

Fact is, there IS enough water here,

it's just improperly distributed.



Lore's picture

Same in the mountains of Western Canada. The Trans-Canada Highway hasn't been blocked so often since the 1970s.  LOTS of precipitation.  Of course, what follows is the Annual Spring Run-Off Panic for all the mindless boneheads who persist in building and re-building their homes in river flood zones...

superflex's picture

Funny, but Brazil is #1 in the world in renewable fresh water resources.


They must be using all that water to turn sugar cane into ethanol.

Fuck the people, we need MOAR power!

Flakmeister's picture

And what fraction of that is the Amazon? All that water is in the wrong place at the wrong time...

Give me lakes like Canada has...

superflex's picture

Any place north of the Ohio and Missouri rivers are fine.

You folks to the south will have to suffer.

leekyuranus's picture

Er... not so sure about that. Ice age coming.

Flakmeister's picture

Oh really? Please do explain exactly how that is going to happen...

N2OJoe's picture

The same reason your dog shit on the carpet this morning... Global Warming!

Shad_ow's picture

I have read the predictions based on sun activity and believe we are heading into a Marauder Minimum, a mini ice age.  It will be getting cooler over the next few years and considerably cooler after 2020 into 2030.  

Of course the politicians will use this to steal more wealth and control in the name of saving the planet too.  As if they can do anything about it.  "Fools rush in."

gonetogalt's picture

Ummm...isn't this the final conclusion of the article you linked?


It is clear that if a grand minimum were to happen it would be a tremendously exciting opportunity for solar physicists, however it is unlikely to be very exciting for anyone else.

Flakmeister's picture

My bad, figure 4, but I think what figure I was referring would be pretty obvious to anyone who wasn't being disingenuous...

Look at the figure very closely. See the dip at around 2020, that was from a Mt. Pinatubo type eruption, the slight lessening of the slope later on is the Maunder...

BTW Pinatubo (1991) was the Largest stratospheric disturbance since Krakatoa eruption in 1883, dropping global temperatures and increasing ozone depletion.

The Maunder is a pimple on the ass of an elephant...

Ident 7777 economy's picture



There you go again - quoting from that RC site what WON'T allow free discussion.

Nothing but bitches and their authoritarians on that site.



I should add - the STATE SPONSORED (everyone who posts there receives federal grant money to do their so-called global warming 'research') site that calls itself "Real Climate".


You know, the site aligned with Fenton Communications. Not a university or anything to do with REAL SCIENCE, but instead PROPAGANDA.




Flakmeister's picture

Go ahead and post something and show us...


Nobody's picture

Note to the uninformed:
The Mississippi Aquifer is the best rechargeable aquifer in the US.
Most of it lies SOUTH of the Missouri and Ohio rivers.
That coupled with the Solar minimum puts folks north of that line in deep snow
Go learn how the Canadains survive winter.
Those of us south of the Mason Dixon are doing just fine.

LMAOLORI's picture



And in California along with the kooky save a questionable fish? people there's this!

California drought: Why farmers are 'exporting water' to China


UggSmash's picture

Ugg thirsty...

Ugg drank lake in Ca... Ca-luh...

Ugg drank lake in West. People CRY about it! O.o 

CPL's picture

Those are the dams all up the amazon, they are full.


Downstream drought struck farming.



This is straight out of idiocracy, plants need water, not well wishes.  And people need water more than hydro dams blocking the flow of the river.  So it's peak something, right now the coin toss is if its power, crops or people.  Don't remove the fact there are lots of hydrodams and enough water behind them to flood the country twice.  Some of the largest engineering projects in the world are in Brazil with concerns to hydro electric power and there's more than enough water to mainting both cities and crops because that's part of the business case of dam's to begin with.  They are also aquafers for times when things are low on the water table..

This entire situation is manufactured by someone, it is not natural in the slightest.  Find the owners of those dam's and you'll find answers.

Urban Redneck's picture

The problem is that the drought isn't downstream of the dams. Here's an illustrative topographical map. Those highlands that look like they're fucking Brasil up the ass, are actually fucking over the people in the southern (farming) states, which will in turn fuck beef and soybean prices, which will in turn fuck food consumers everywhere.


ejmoosa's picture

There's plenty of fresh water.  It's just now where the bodies are.  So, do you blame the water, or the people?

And we have not even gotten close to needing stillsuits yet.

gonetogalt's picture

I live on the bank of a mile wide river in SA. I use water derivied from an 800' deep aquifier. Why? Because the river water is loaded with silt and god knows what naturally occuring organics. Point is, ag needs water, people need clean water.

robertsgt40's picture

Not to be cynical but, I wonder if HAARP is in play here?

midtowng's picture

Can't the Fed just print more water?

Ignatius's picture

I just remembered the reason I retired back in western Oregon.

Recently overheard conversation:

"Think it'll rain?"

"Think it won't?"

johnQpublic's picture

so, olympic swimming yes, or olympic swimming no?

the ghetto needs to know

dontgoforit's picture

"...and I looked and another seal was broken open...."

duo's picture

the seal was named "ethanol"

Motorhead's picture

Long ethanol?  Corn?  Short 2014 FIFA World Cup?

zaphod's picture

Yes, just like how they can print more gold.

edotabin's picture

They need water to cool off the printing presses. The $ may go sky high now with the drought.  They will be forced to severly cut back printing. 

Even water-cooled computeres will need to take a break.

U4 eee aaa's picture

They also need water to cool off the NSA

j0nx's picture

Wait what? Isn't there a rain forest there? I thought that place was wet.

superflex's picture

It was until the Brazilians cut down their own trees and caused the world's climate to change /s 

asscannon101's picture

The brave Al Gore tried to warn us all- right before he sold his shit to Al Jazeera, divorced Tipper and bought a beach house in Malibu.

pods's picture

Overheard at his last massage:

"How does that feel, baby?"

"Umm, lower."

"How does that feel baby?"

Okay, so the low voice things sucks in type.


wallstreetaposteriori's picture

Time for federal marijauna legalization...  Someone is going to need to supply the world with pot.

Radical Marijuana's picture

"Legalizing Marijuana" is now too little, too late, and too trivial to matter.

ForTheWorld's picture

Switching from growing cotton to hemp on an industrial scale at least a decade ago would have been one way to save some water.

OceanX's picture

The people of the future will think of doing things on an individual and community scale...

johnQpublic's picture

thats just what we need

300 million more stoned people with cotton mouth thirsty as a muther fuck

The_Dude's picture

Hey man....I resemble that remark!!

Radical Marijuana's picture

Indeed, johnQpublic, that is just what we need, the cultivation of more cannabis, because hemp is the single best plant on the planet for people, for food, fiber, fun and medicine. Of course, I am not suggesting that "marijuana" should not be legalized. What I AM saying is that the triumphs of the whole social system being based on legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, driving debt slavery, backed by wars based on deceits, has become so extremely bad that "legalizing marijuana" in some neoprohibitionist regime is too little, too late, and too trivial to matter.

The bullshit war on (some) drugs, as an excuse to drive more debt slavery, and develop a bigger fascist police state, has been magnified many, many times by the "war on terror" as another war based on deceits, i.e., a series of false flag attacks, deliberately designed to create more terrorism, in a vicious self-fulfilling prophesy, like the "war on drugs" also did before that.

The FACT that the established systems could get away with rebranding hemp, which IS the single best plant on the planet for people, by asserting the huge lies that "marijuana is almost as bad as murder" for decade after decade, despite that lie being false to the point of ridiculous absurdity, demonstrates that the overall real social situation has already become way too terminally sick and insane for some kind of fake, superficial, "legalization" of marijuana to fix that problem in any significant way.

Hemp Truth is the simplest symbol, while 9/11 Truth is the most spectacular symbol of the basic social facts that the world is controlled by legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, running debt slavery, backed by wars base on deceits, towards debt insanities, and then death insanities. It is in that overall context that I regard "legalizing marijuana" in some neoprohibitionist regime as being too little, too late, and too trivial to matter.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re:  So what do you think the solutions to these problems are?

It this a trick question?

The solution is for the smart-n-savvy people to manipulate the dumbasses with bullshit to die heroically for the glory of the water war, their slow motion flag, and favorite predatory bird. 

Anusocracy's picture

The solution:

Kill the butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon Basin that is causing all the rain in Brazil to go to the Midwest in the US and fall as near record goddamn snow.

Chaos at work.