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    Posted July 3, 2014 by
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
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    World Cup 2014

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    What is not being said because of the World cup


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     An unusually dry rainy season and a prolonged drought have left the main reservoir supplying Sao Paulo, Brazil, at record lows. The Sistema Cantareira, which supplies about 14 million people, is hovering at less than 19% capacity as of this week, according to Brazilian waste management company Sabesp.

    Sao Paulo residents, like aspiring photographer Martha Slivak Lu, are worried that people are too distracted with the World Cup to focus on the water shortage. Certain areas are rationing water, like in the final photo from her gallery, which shows a dry tap in Guarulhos.

    “I would like the readers to become aware of this water crisis,” Lu said. “What is the emergency plan of the government? … When we will open our eyes to the problem?”

    CNN’s Shasta Darlington reported on the reservoir issue in April, when levels were at less than 12% capacity. The water level increased to 18.8% this week, not because of more rain, but because the water company tapped into a source of ground water, according to the company’s site.

    Lu took these photos from around Sao Paulo in June and July. The second photo shows Lu’s daughter holding up a sign to notify residents of the water shortage. The third photo shows the June water level of the Jaguari-Jacarei Reservoir, which is part of Sistema Cantareira.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Sistema Cantareira, main water reservoir for 14 million people in the Metropolitan Area of Sao Paulo and Campinas, has only 18.8% of its capacity, as of July 9, around 80 days of supply, no rain is expected because we are in the dry season. Last month was the driest in 84 years.. The tourists are not being advised to save water. The city of Sao Paulo has several other reservoirs that supply water to 10 million people who are not in critical situation like Cantareira despite being with their levels falling. This and the fact that the most favored portion of the population is not suffering from lack of water gives the population of Sao Paulo a sense of normality. We do not see and hear in the press big notes about it like we see about the flood in the south of Brazil. It is all about having fun. What is going to happen after?How can we add 14 million people from Sistema Cantareira to the other water systems that do not have capacity to meet this demand?
    What is the emergency plan of the government? Why do we have this silence from the press about it? When we will open our eyes to the problem?

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