Brazil's water reuse nearly nonexistent

Sep 05, 2014 12:00 AM

Less than 0.1% of the water produced in Brazil is reused, compared to 30% in Singapore, the global model for water reuse.

In São Paulo, water reuse is close to 2% and could increase to 25% in a decade, São Paulo water utility Sabesp's former president and head of consultancy GO Associados Gesner Oliveira was quoted as saying by local paper Valor Econômico.

According to Sabesp's research and development officer Américo Sampaio, water reuse will see a strong growth in Brazil as a result of the current water crisis.

One of the main concerns, however, is the lack of appropriate and clear regulations, which prevents companies from invesming in systems that might not be allowed in the future.

The lack of tax incentives for water reuse and the slow modernization of public water systems have also delayed water reuse in Brazil, Sampaio told Valor Econômico.

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