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Brazil water shortage: Sao Paulo devastated by its worst drought on record

Arctic Blue Waters continues its research into bringing to you the latest news on the worlds water crisis. Todays news report brought to you by Arctic Blue Waters has been researched from The Independance.

Though there has been a recent uptick in rainfall in the region, it hasn't been enough to boost supply in a country nominally the most water-rich in the world.

Current reserves stand at just 10 per cent - known as the "dead volume" - and the government has warned that it could get worse in the coming months.

Brazil has been experiencing its lowest rainfall since 1930 (AFP) Brazil has been experiencing its lowest rainfall since 1930 (AFP) Professor Decio Semensatto from the Federal University of São Paulo has likened the current water situation to a "semi-desert".

With the water crisis likely to last for years, Semensatto sees the testing of solutions as "training for the next few years, which will be worse".

He holds water utility Sabesp responsible; it has known for years that drought-like conditions would soon arrive, but took few preventative steps.

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The current crisis has reached a point that actual water rationing may be necessary, with state governor Geraldo Alckmin last month admitting it was already happening.

Brazil is not used to such scarcity, but São Paulo is fast getting used to way things have to be run; there are incentives to use less water, fines for those who use too much and the possible installation of more water-efficient taps.

Sabesp will see if such steps can make the difference before it decides whether to formally introduce wider water rationing — it refuses to rule it out.

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