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Brazil races against time to save drought-hit city

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>> Carcasses of cows lie on cracked, scorched fields in Brazil's arid northeast, weathering its worst-ever drought. After five consecutive years of little rain, Campina Grande, a city of 400,000 people, is in crisis. Reuters correspondent Anthony Boadle visited the Boqueirao Reservoir, which supplies the city. Its' water level has dropped to just 4% of capacity.
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>> Water is rationed to two days a week in homes. Residents complain that the water comes dirty and smelly. Those who can afford it use mineral water to cook, wash their teeth, and even for their pets. Experts say the city's water system is close to collapse.>> But Brazil's government says help is on the way.
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>> The government is building a canal to bring water over the hills from the San Francisco River 200 kilometers away. The project has taken 12 years to build, delayed by politics, corruption, and cost overruns of billions of dollars. The current government of President Michel Temer is speeding up completion, and has promised that water will start flowing next month.
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>> Experts say the reservoir water will become untreatable by March, and could harm many residents who can't afford bottled water. With the quality of watering in Campina Grande dropping by the day, it is a race against time.