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Drought and unchecked urban development have reduced the city’s water supply to dangerously low levels, Marketplace reports.
The shortfall is blamed on climate change, inadequate infrastructure, short-sighted planning and other factors, the Islamic Republic News Agency reports.
California’s first statewide, mandatory water restrictions are expected to include fines up to $10,000 a day for jurisdictions that violate the rules, Reuters reports.
The water shortage is so dire in São Paulo that some people are drilling their own wells and residents could be forced to flee if the taps run dry, the New York Times reports.
São Paulo may have to ration water five days a week in response to a dire water shortage that also extends to Rio and Belo Horizonte, Bloomberg reports.
Rather than allow rainwater to drain out of Los Angeles, some urban planners want the city to collect it for reuse by homes, businesses and agriculture, NPR reports.
First-time violators of the California city’s water-use restrictions can reduce fines by learning more about how to conserve water, NPR reports.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is spearheading voluntary and mandatory water restrictions in response to a record drought, Reuters reports.
Water taps could soon run dry in Brazil’s largest city and financial hub due to a heat wave and drought, Pangea Today reports.
An app for Long Beach, California residents allows for easy and private documentation of water-restriction violations, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Teams of inspectors prowl California’s capital in search of citizens who violate water usage restrictions, the AP reports.