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    Posted August 17, 2014 by
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
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    Itu Protests for Water


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     A prolonged drought in Brazil has left the people of Sao Paulo with a water shortage. MarhtaSLu has been documenting the shortage, rationing and subsequent protests since July.

    According to CNN's Shasta Darlington, who has been reporting on the issue since April, water levels are not yet at zero, but they're so low that pumps are needed to produce any water from the reservoirs: "Starting on August 15, the level of the second-biggest reservoir supplying Sao Paulo, Nazare Paulista, got so low it no longer flowed into system and they have had to start pumping the lake-bottom. It's not at zero or empty, but they had to start pumping it."

    "Rainy season starts in October and we will be squeaking by to get there," added Darlington.
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    Itu is an old and historic municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. With a population of around 140,000 inhabitants. It is the first municipality to run without water due to severe drought that strikes São Paulo state. Municipal, state and federal governments are denying the problem due to elections on October and doing nothing … there is no respect for the human rights. The water of São Paulo main reservoir Sistema Cantareira will end soon.
    First picture: Enough! We want water now
    Second picture: Help We can't live without water
    Third picture: Not only took our water but also our dignity
    Fourth: We are paying for water but receive air (they have to pay water bill but they are receiving air!)
    Fifth:Withou water People on the street
    Sixth: Children needs water
    Seventh:Schools without water it is a shame!
    Tenth:"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing."is written on the poster.
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