Sewage in rio de Janeiro

Come for the World Cup, swim with the feces


This photograph is part of a project that Rachel, my wife and I did for Global Post in Rio de Janeiro about the water quality/sanitation problem on Guanabara Bay. The project led us into Rocinha, Latin America’s largest slum, where we interviewed a community leader Mr. Martins. He lives there for nearly half a century, and he’s on a mission to get the favela a real, modern sanitation system. Now much of the community relies on open sewers that flow through the streets and under houses.

"RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s “Marvelous City” will play host to around 400,000 tourists during the World Cup next month. And there’s one thing visitors may be unable to avoid, be it on their way to the airport or at the beach: human feces.

"In Rio, only around 40 percent of sewage is treated, and the rest ends up in the city's rivers, lagoons, beaches, and bay. Plus, between 80 and 100 tons of trash end up in the city's picturesque Guanabara Bay every single day." (Read more)

- Rachel Glickhouse for Global Post 

 - Rachel Glickhouse tweets at @Riogringa and blogs at  - Rio Gringa


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