SAO PAULO (February 15, 2014) A survey by a leading Brazilian newspaper found that more than 100 cities are rationing water because of the worst drought to hit the country in decades.
The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported 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 as 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 service for 13 hours, once every three days.
Water consumption normally increases by as much as 20 percent during the Southern Hemisphere's summer, but this year, consumption has risen to 30 percent because of a prolonged heat wave affecting several states.