Lessons for Auckland from Sao Paulo

S?o Paulo is in trouble this week as it looks likely to be dangerously close to running out of water to supply its residents.

It’s the 12th biggest city in the world and a place smart growth advocate’s like to tout from time to time of our intensive cities can work.

Except it has a big problem.

The city of Sao Paulo is home to 20 million Brazilians, making it the 12th largest mega-city on a planet dominated by shortsighted humans. Shockingly, it has only 60 days of water supply remaining. The city “has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves,” reports Reuters. [1]

Technical reserves have already been released, and as the city enters the heavy water use holiday season, its 20 million residents are riding on a fast-track collision course with severe water rationing and devastating disruptions.

But this isn’t a story about Sao Paulo; it’s a report that dares to point out that human societies are incredibly shortsighted and nearly incapable of sustainably populating planet Earth. In numerous regions around the world — including California, India, Oklahoma, Brazil, China and many more — human populations are rapidly out-growing the capacity of their local water systems. Even though keeping populations alive requires food… and growing food requires water… almost no nation or government in the world seems to be able to limit water consumption of local populations to levels which are sustainable in the long term.

This got me wondering about the compact city plan that Len Brown and his lieutenant’s ‘Pinochet’ Perrit and Roger Blakeley have been pushing so hard for.

Where is the water capacity improvements in that?

The Waikato water take is at capacity and the city dams in the Hunua and Waitakere ranges haven’t been modified or increased in volume for 20 or 30 years. We’ve experienced water shortages before which led to the Waikato river pipe so we know that in dry years the dams are at risk.

I’ve been bleating about infrastructure for a while.

It’s a problem in Auckland yet nobody at Council appears willing to admit it. Water pipes are rooted and nobody is planning for future water storage for an increasing population.

Another question that the Dear Leader and his merry bandits have simply not considered.


– Natural News