De Contas River

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De Contas River
Rio das Contas em Itacare.jpg
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationSerra da Tomba, Bahia state
 ⁃ location
Atlantic Ocean
Length620 kilometres (390 mi)

The De Contas River (Portuguese: Rio de Contas) is a river of Bahia state in eastern Brazil. In Portuguese, it is sometimes erroneously called "Rio das Contas".[1] It is the main river of the hydrographic basin named after him.

Its source is in Tromba Mountain,[2] between the municipalities of Piatã and Rio de Contas, passing through the cities of Abíra, Jussiape, Dom Basílio, Tanhaçu, Jequié (where the Pedras Dam was erected), Jitaúna, Ipiaú, Itagibá, Barra do Rocha, Ubatã, Ubaitaba and Aurelino Leal, to finally to its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean in Itacaré.

Hydrographic basin[edit]

It is one of the sixteen hydrographic basins of the Brazilian state of Bahia, and is subordinate administratively to the National Department of Works to Combat Drought (DNOCS). The basin comprises its main effluents, which are: Brumado river, António river, Gongogi river, Jequiezinho river, Gavião river, Sincorá river and Jacaré river.[3]

It encompasses a territory of 55,334 square kilometres (21,365 sq mi), with a population of 1,423,153 inhabitants (in 1991). Its economic uses are varied: irrigation, energy production, mining, and supplying the cities in its perimeter.

It is the largest basin that is entirely located in the Brazilian state of Bahia, in which are located 86 municipalities, a territory equivalent to 10.2 percent of the state territory.[2]

Its limits: in west by the São Francisco Basin; in east by the Atlantic Ocean; in South by do Rio Pardo and Rio Colônia basins and the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais; and in North by the basins of the Paraguaçu River and Jequiriçá River.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ In Portuguese the official and historical sources of Bahia always name it as "Rio de Contas" just like the city name; however, this entry cites a reference in Ceará, which uses the wrong denomination (see "Gestão Legal dos Recursos Hídricos dos Estados do Nordeste do Brasil"), to demonstrate the amplitude of its erroneous use.
  2. ^ a b Instituto de Estudos Socio-ambientais do Sul da Bahia (2008). "Comitê da Bacia do Rio de Contas". Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  3. ^ Yanko Marcius de Alencar Xavier, Nizomar Falcão Bezerra (org.) (2004). "Gestão Legal dos Recursos Hídricos dos Estados do Nordeste do Brasil" (PDF). Fortaleza. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  4. ^ SEI - Estado da Bahia (2002). Anuário Estatístico da Bahia. Salvador.

Coordinates: 13°30′20″S 41°54′01″W / 13.505521°S 41.900193°W / -13.505521; -41.900193