The Stream, October 3: Brazil Prepares Water-rationing Plan

By the end of the month, Brazil’s national water regulator hopes to finalize proposed water restrictions in two states hit by the region’s worst-ever drought. BN Americas reports that industries in rural areas of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais states will see water deliveries reduced by 30 percent in addition to daily water cuts for six hours at mid-day.

The San Antonio water board signed off on a $US 3.4 billion, 30-year contract for a new pipeline and the groundwater it will deliver, the Texas Tribune reports. Critics say the water – at seven times the cost of current sources – is too expensive. The city council still must weigh in, possibly by November.

Lake Erie
The commission appointed by Great Lakes governors and legislatures to coordinate environmental policies recommends a 40 percent cut in phosphorus flows into Lake Erie, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The figure is in line with targets proposed by the binational commission that oversees waters shared by Canada and the United States.

Hydropower Transmission
The U.S. Energy Department approved a $US 2.2 billion transmission line that will bring hydropower from Quebec to New York City, E & E Publishing reports.

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