More than 140 Brazilian cities ration water

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Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 15 at 2:34 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) — A survey conducted by a leading Brazilian newspaper says more than 100 cities are rationing water amid the worst drought to hit the country in decades.

The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper wrote Saturday that water is being rationed to close to six million people living in 142 cities in 11 states.

The newspaper quoted water supply companies saying reservoirs, rivers and streams are the driest they've been in 20 years.

Some neighborhoods in the city of Itu in Sao Paulo state only receive water for 13 hours, once every three days.

Water consumption normally grows by up to 20 percent during the Southern Hemisphere's summer. But this year, consumption has risen to 30 percent due to a prolonged heat wave affecting several states.

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