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Ambiente & Sociedade

Print version ISSN 1414-753XOn-line version ISSN 1809-4422

Abstract

SORIANO, Érico et al. Water crisis in São Paulo evaluated under the disaster's point of view. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2016, vol.19, n.1, pp.21-42. ISSN 1414-753X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1809-4422asoc150120r1v1912016.

Brazil's Southeast region has been facing water supply challenges, especially concerning the metropolitan region of São Paulo, since 2014. We adressed the water crisis from the disaster's point of view, considering that one of the guiding features to characterize a disaster is the amount of affected people and the losses associated. In the situation under review, there are people directly affected, because of intermittent house water supply, and indirectly affected by the increase of prices for goods, since their production and manufacturing depend on the availability of water. We presented each of the stages of a disaster risk management: prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The risk of water scarcity in São Paulo is only one aspect of the discussion involving the effectiveness of management processes and the need for investments in the area, especially in reducing wasteful distribution.

Keywords : risk; disasters; water scarcity; water supply; management.

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