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São Paulo residents suffer water shutoffs during shortage




Aerial view of the Atibainha river dam, in Nazare Paulista, during a drought affecting Sao Paulo state, Brazil on December 17, 2014. The Atibainha river dam is part of the Sao Paulo's Cantareira system of dams, which supplies water to 45% of the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo --20 million people-- and is now at historic low.
Aerial view of the Atibainha river dam, in Nazare Paulista, during a drought affecting Sao Paulo state, Brazil on December 17, 2014. The Atibainha river dam is part of the Sao Paulo's Cantareira system of dams, which supplies water to 45% of the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo --20 million people-- and is now at historic low.
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Even though São Paulo is in Brazil, which has one eighth of the world's fresh water located within its borders, it's suffering a major water shortage. Why? Alex Cohen turns to Simon Romero, the Brazil bureau chief for the New York Times for answers.