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The Novo Rio Pinheiros (New Pinheiros River) program aims to revitalize this important symbol of the city of São Paulo through the action of various public agencies in partnership with society. The goal by the end of 2022 is to reduce the sewage discharged into its tributaries, improve water quality, and fully integrate the river into the city. As it is an urban river, its water will not be drinkable, however, with the completed cleaning-up project, there will be an improvement in the existing smell, shelter for aquatic life, and, mainly, the return of the population to its banks through the environmental and landscape recovery of its surroundings.


Properties connected to
the sewage network

398,398 u

Updated on 19/Sep/2021

Trash Removed

43,836 tons

Updated on 19/Sep/2021

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The “Novo Rio Pinheiros” Program is formed by the connection of several work axes: sanitation, maintenance, revitalization, and social and environmental education. See what is being done in each of these steps:


The 16 contracting packages for the execution of sanitary sewage works are already in progress. So far, more than 398,000 properties have been connected to the sewage treatment system and have already benefited a population equivalent to the municipality of São Bernardo do Campo. By 2022, it is estimated that more than 500,000 connections will be made within the project. The expansion of the sanitation service promoted by SABESP will benefit more than 3 million people and prevent all organic waste from these locations from reaching the river.

Contracts have also been signed for the start of implementation of Water Quality Recovery Units, which will treat the tributaries directly in the streams. In these locations, Recovery Units will be installed in five sub-basins that are irregularly occupied and where sanitation infrastructure cannot be technically implemented. These units will remove the remaining sewage from these areas present in the water body, so that it is cleaned up before it flows into the Pinheiros River. With this work front, the prevision is the creation of 4,100 jobs.


So far, 409,897 m3 of sediment has been removed through desilting, which is equivalent to more than 17,000 dump trucks.

Solid waste is being removed by boats, nets, and buoys. By June 2021, more than 43,000 tonnes had been removed, including PET bottles, bicycles, tires, plastics, among others.



The works in the Bruno Covas Park – Novo Rio Pinheiros began in June 2021. In this first stage, the focus was a stretch of 8.2 km between the headquarters of the Urban Orchard and the Cidade Jardim Bridge, on the west bank of the channel. A contract has also been signed for the revitalization of the second 8.9 km stretch between the Cidade Jardim Bridge and the CPTM area near the Jaguaré Bridge. Walking paths, bike paths, food points, restrooms, as well as new accesses for interconnection with public transport are planned. All structures and attractions will be for public use and free of charge. The investment value amounts to BRL 30 million (BRL 20 million in investment and BRL 10 million in the operation.)

The bike path area, which is CPTM’s responsibility, underwent improvements with the support of the private sector, which involved new point signs, guidance signs, and masonry guardhouses with restrooms and air conditioning. The damaged asphalt was redone, and speed bumps were removed to ensure accessibility to adapted bicycles for people with disabilities. In July 2021, the Government of São Paulo delivered the second phase of the smart lighting system: 260 points were added in the stretch between the Jaguaré Bridge and the Cidade Jardim Bridge, in the south of São Paulo, which amounts to 6.5 kilometers (km). In the first stretch, in the Vila Olímpia region, 130 light bulbs had already been placed. The initiative is part of a broad plan in partnership with Enel Brasil to transform the site into the first smart bike path in the country through innovative technologies.

The signing of the contract for the revitalization of the former Usina da Traição Plant, now called São Paulo Plant, took place in November 2020. The procurement process promoted by Empresa Metropolitana de Águas e Energia S.A. (EMAE) had as a winner the Usina São Paulo SPE S.A. consortium, which will be responsible for implementing public use spaces in an area of 29,804 square meters, including the roof of the building and its surroundings. The idea is that the space will have cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops to transform the place into the city’s new postcard.

The new power substation at São Paulo Plant is also part of the Novo Rio Pinheiros project and should start operating this semester, offering more reliability in the energy supply. More modern than the Plant Transformer Station (ETU) that already exists at the site, the new substation will occupy a smaller area than the current one, and the plant's peripheral space will be used for the program´s projects

Já foram retiradas mais de 43 mil toneladas de resíduos, entre eles garrafas pet, bicicletas, pneus, plásticos e outros.

Atualizado em 19/09/2021



Every day thousands of tonnes of garbage reach the waters of our rivers. In the last two years, 24,000 tonnes, especially plastic, were removed from the Pinheiros River. It is estimated that annually 140 million cigarette filters are incorrectly discarded in Brazil, which can take up to 20 years to decompose.

Some simple measures can help to improve the conditions of our waters:


The clear waters that are born in Serra do Mar make up the Jurubatuba River and, at the confluence with the Guarapiranga River, from the Pinheiros River; this meeting takes place near the Santo Amaro Station. The Pinheiros River route completes two kilometers west of the Ceasa Station, where it meets the Tietê River.

Before urbanization reached its banks, the Pinheiros River had several curves to the southeast of the city. Like any river, the wetland area underwent cyclical flooding. It currently travels 25 km and collects water from a 271 km² basin, an area where 3.3 million people live.

In the 20th century, São Paulo began to grow rapidly. According to IBGE, the city had approximately 230,000 inhabitants in 1900, and a hundred years later the same city would house more than 10 million people. As a result of the population growth, the Pinheiros River had its course canalized and straightened, the channel deepened, and the water pumped upstream to the newly built Billings Dam — thus inverting the river.

However, what was once a river full of vitality and a space for leisure has become a lake that is unfavorable to aquatic life and unsuitable even for navigation. With population growth, the pollution of the Pinheiros River became more accentuated, and the pumping to the Billings Dam needed to be stopped in the late 80s.

In 1992, the situation of the city's watercourses was unsustainable. The people of São Paulo could not take it anymore and went to the Tietê riverbank to demand its cleaning-up. The movement led to the creation of the Tietê Project, an initiative to clean up the capital's rivers, all direct or indirect tributaries of the Tietê River, including the Pinheiros River.