The Reason Why Brazil’s Water Crisis Should Frighten Every American

13829692_sYou would think in a civilized world you’d have access to clean water whenever, wherever.

As residents in São Paulo, Brazil have recently discovered, this is not always the case.

Despite being in one of the world’s largest fresh water zones, residents in the city of 11.32 million have found themselves struggling to properly hydrate and bathe.

It’s something they never thought they’d have to deal with.

And the alarming part is how their story parallels what could happen here in the U.S.

The Guardian writes:

In São Paulo, drinking water is used to flush toilets, bathe and, until very recently, to wash cars and even hose down city pavements, as porters use jets of crystalline water to shift those last specks of grime. In Brazil, a land of immense natural riches and home to around 12% of the world’s fresh water, the very idea of a water shortage is hard for people to conceive of. Yet despite the state government’s prevarication over possible imminent rationing – consisting of two days of water followed by four days without – in reality, millions are now getting just a few hours of water per day, with many struggling with none at all for days on end.

The São Paulo water crisis, or “hydric collapse” as many are calling it, has left this city of 20 million teetering on the brink. Though domestic use accounts for only a fraction of the water consumed in the state of São Paulo – where extensive agriculture and industry places intense pressure on available resources – for paulistanos, as the city’s residents are called, learning to use water wisely is suddenly the most pressing need of all.

The sudden nature of the crisis has left people struggling to cope with the reality of the taps running dry. The state governor Geraldo Alckmin has insisted repeatedly that the water will continue to flow as usual, and no state of emergency has yet been declared, though some experts believe such a declaration well overdue. In the meantime, residents of São Paulo are making their own arrangements: storing water at home, and in some cases drilling homemade wells. In part a result of badly stored water, instances of dengue fever spread by mosquitoes almost tripled in January, compared with the previous year.

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The truth is you need to have provisions set in place so you’re able to survive a potential water disaster.

At the very least, you should have several days worth of water stored safely in your house. With water storage in place, you’ll be able to survive a short period of time even if no water comes to your home.

The next step is to have some kind of water purification or water filtration. It’s advised you get a water purifier over a filter — or both if you can afford it.

Purifiers have the ability to eliminate more harmful material than filters. They’re a bit more expensive, but the cost is worth it.

Do you think something like this could happen in America? Let us know in the comments below.