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Water crisis cost the Brazilian government billions

In a bid to bring down high energy prices caused by the crisis, the government aims to stimulate new supply, but loans to distributors will end up being paid by consumers in the long term

Water crisis cost the Brazilian government billions
Jaguari dam, in São José dos Campos. Photo: Lucas Lacaz Ruiz/Folhapress

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we show how much the water crisis cost the country last year. 

$5.2bn
the cost of the water crisis to Brazil

Last year’s water crisis hampered electricity generation and threatened blackouts and compulsory rationing programs. In response, the Brazilian government has prioritized increasing the energy supply rather than investing in energy efficiency or encouraging consumers to reduce consumption.

Due to the use of thermal plants to supply the market, as well as the...

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