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Election-year water crisis taking a toll on Brazil's economy

Residents of a region that depend on the Cantareira water system, line up to fill water buckets from a public tap at night as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Residents of a region that depend on the Cantareira water system, line up to fill water buckets from a public tap at night as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Residents of a region that depend on the Cantareira water system, line up to fill water buckets from a public tap at night as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A view of the nearly dry lake behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, in Nazare Paulista is pictured in this September 25, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio/Files

A view of the nearly dry lake behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, in Nazare Paulista is pictured in this September 25, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Roosevelt...more

A view of the nearly dry lake behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, in Nazare Paulista is pictured in this September 25, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio/Files
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Natalino Pereira (L), 12, and Orlando Fernandez, 15, joke next to the cracked ground of the Itaim dam as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Natalino Pereira (L), 12, and Orlando Fernandez, 15, joke next to the cracked ground of the Itaim dam as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Natalino Pereira (L), 12, and Orlando Fernandez, 15, joke next to the cracked ground of the Itaim dam as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A resident of the region of Sao Paulo state that depends on the Cantareira water system, pushes a cart with containers to fill from a water tank as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A resident of the region of Sao Paulo state that depends on the Cantareira water system, pushes a cart with containers to fill from a water tank as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 28,...more

A resident of the region of Sao Paulo state that depends on the Cantareira water system, pushes a cart with containers to fill from a water tank as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A resident of the region of Sao Paulo state that depends on the Cantareira water system, blocks a road during a protest for the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A resident of the region of Sao Paulo state that depends on the Cantareira water system, blocks a road during a protest for the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 27, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A resident of the region of Sao Paulo state that depends on the Cantareira water system, blocks a road during a protest for the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 27, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A vendor rides on his motorcycle carrying water bottles, which he supplies to houses as eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A vendor rides on his motorcycle carrying water bottles, which he supplies to houses as eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 27, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A vendor rides on his motorcycle carrying water bottles, which he supplies to houses as eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, October 27, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Residents of the region of Sao Paulo state that depends on the Cantareira water system fill water containers from a public tap as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, in this October 18, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio/Files

Residents of the region of Sao Paulo state that depends on the Cantareira water system fill water containers from a public tap as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, in this October 18, 2014 file...more

Residents of the region of Sao Paulo state that depends on the Cantareira water system fill water containers from a public tap as the eight-month rationing of water continues as a result of a record drought, in Itu, in this October 18, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio/Files
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A man tries walks between two trunks towards the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state, October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A man tries walks between two trunks towards the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state, October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A man tries walks between two trunks towards the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state, October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A horse grazes next to the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state, October 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A horse grazes next to the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state, October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A horse grazes next to the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state, October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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