According to the National Sanitation Information System (SNIS), the national index of treated water losses in distribution is 36.7%. In 2013, when losses were 37%, Instituto Trata Brasil estimated the volume of treated water lost in the country at 6.5 billion cubic meters per year, which gives 6.5 times the total storage capacity of the Cantareira system , in the state of Sao Paulo. It’s enough water to supply 50 million people for a year. Sold, this volume would yield just over R $ 8 billion to basic sanitation service providers.
Fluid combats so-called “physical losses”, that is, leakage water losses corresponding to 60% of the total volume of losses in Brazil.