Restriction of water in the Camanducaia River decreed

Restriction of water in the Camanducaia River decreed

Published On: 26 de August de 2015

The lack of rain added to environmental degradation in the region compromise the water supply in ten cities

The water crisis that has been occurring since 2013 and is continuing until today, takes up more space in the media and is a subject of the agenda of any productive sector, whether agriculture, industry or commerce. And for everyone's concern, this crisis is a reflection of the lack of preventive actions and will cost us a very high price.

The Camanducaia River, an important tributary of the Jaguari River, starts in Toledo/MG and flows into Jaguariúna/SP into Jaguari itself, which, when it joins the Atibaia River, forms the Piracicaba River. This entire region, which includes the metropolitan region of Campinas, is supplied by the springs and water courses of the municipalities upstream, such as Socorro, Serra Negra, Monte Alegre do Sul, Pedra Bela, Pinhalzinho, and Amparo. It is the springs and streams in our region that contribute to maintaining the flow of water in these larger rivers, such as the Piracicaba.

In order not to run out of water in large centers, which would cause enormous damage to the State of São Paulo, the National Water Agency (ANA) and the Department of Water and Electric Energy (DAEE) decreed restrictions on water abstraction from the Camanducaia River. According to the ANA and DAEE resolution, in this restriction regime, there will be 20% reduction in abstraction for human use; 30% drop for industry use and 30% for irrigation.

What does that mean? We are talking about a water producing region, rich in natural and water resources, in Serra da Mantiqueira (Serra “that cries”, due to the large amount of water). This region is having its water use restricted by the Government, so there is no shortage of water!

The restriction is an important and provisional measure, but other actions are of extreme importance and urgency. Forest restoration of springs and water courses contributes strongly to reduce this problem. Copaíba has been recovering degraded areas over the years, around springs and banks of streams and rivers, also aiming at the conservation of water sources. For Copaíba, whose mission is to conserve and restore the Atlantic Forest of the Peixe and Camanducaia river basins, the crisis becomes an opportunity to reverse this situation. “Preventive actions that guarantee the quantity and quality of water in the region must be prioritized. That's why planting native seedlings is so important,” says Flávia Balderi, Copaíba's executive secretary.

The current situation is quite critical, part of the municipalities of the Circuito das Águas Paulista are inserted in the Camanducaia River basin. In these areas are located several rural neighborhoods that depend heavily on the waters of this river and its tributaries to maintain their agricultural and livestock activities. Many families will be restricted to the use of water to maintain their production. The negative economic impact for the municipality could be huge.

The problem that the region is facing is imminent and the opportunity to reverse this situation overrides any priority. It's time to join forces for the conservation of water and our quality of life. Let's reflect on this.

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