Brazil: concern about the quality of the water in Rio

Many cases of cloudy water, smelly and the taste of earth coming out of the faucets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have led to a rush on bottled water in the supermarkets, even if the responsible company has denied Wednesday any health risk.

The Cedae, public company in charge of processing and distribution of piped water in Rio, has attributed the problems of quality to the presence in the water of geosmine, a chemical caused by algae.

“The results of the analyses show the presence of geosmine, at a rate sufficient to change the taste. But there is no risk to health “, has said on Wednesday during a press conference Sérgio Marques, responsible for the control of the quality of the water at the Cedae.

The president of The company, Hélio Cabral, for his part, keen to present its “apologies to the entire population for the problems in the water supply” observed since the beginning of the year.

L,concern the population has also been fuelled by the communication of the authorities.

On Tuesday, the governor of Rio, Wilson Witzel, had sounded the alarm on Twitter, referring to a situation “unacceptable” and calling for a ” rigorous investigation “.

Shortly after, the Cedae has announced the sacking of the director of the sewage treatment plant of Guandu, which provides nearly 80% of drinking water in Rio.

The company has also explained Wednesday that the water of this station would be dealt with in the next few days with the help of activated charcoal and was assured that it would be more of geosmine in the next week.

According to the website of the newspaper O Globo, about 70 quarters of the capital of tourism of Brazil have been affected.

The daily also reports that more than 1,300 cases of gastro-enteritis, vomiting gold diarrhea have been reported in 15 days in a clinic of Santa Cruz, a popular district in the west of Rio, one of the first where the inhabitants have found the presence of cloudy water.

In supermarkets, shelves of mineral water are often empty, and long queues formed as soon as they are restocked.

Since the beginning of the crisis, many false information circulating about the water, including audio messages on Whatsapp from people pretending to be members of health institutions and ensure that the water is toxic.