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Sao Paulo facing water shortages
29 Nov 2014 08:08
Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say.
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The city began using its second so-called "technical reserve" ten days ago to prevent a water crisis after reservoirs reached critically low levels last month.
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This is the first time the state has resorted to using the reserves, experts say.
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But an expected increase in water usage during the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays could easily reduce the time the reserve will last.
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After that period, there is no certainty over the water supply available to Brazil's wealthiest city and financial centre, said Marussia Whately, a water resources specialist at environmental NGO Instituto Socioambiental.
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If rain does not replenish the Cantareira system - the main group of reservoirs that supply Sao Paulo - the city could run dry, she said.
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