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São Paulo running dangerously low on water

Water taps could soon run dry in Brazil’s largest city and financial hub due to a heat wave and drought. (Pablo Trincado/flickr/cc)

Brazil’s largest city and financial center could run out of water in November unless it rains soon. Pangea Today reports that São Paulo has been hardest hit by a heat wave and dearth of precipitation affecting several Brazilian cities.

The article, translated from a story in Folha de São Paulo, notes that water pressure is low in many parts of the city. An estimated 400,000 residents are grappling with water shortages, according to the report.

Among the consequences: Businesses and residents have been forced to dramatically reduce consumption. Locals cope with strategies that include reuse of bath water. Authorities even considered shutting off water to a hospital.

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