An AP report says Sao Paolo is currently suffering the worst drought in more than 80 years with record low reservoir levels after receiving only one-third of the normal rain fall this year.
The drought is causing unrest in higher elevations where the majority of Sao Paolo’s poor neighborhoods reside with locals convinced the water company has reduced water pressure at night as a conservation method.
“Water stops running when night falls. There’s a lack of water, and the government won’t admit it,” said Luis Henrique Oseliero, who manages and lives in an apartment building in a working-class neighborhood. “They are doing it in these areas because they know it’s not where tourists will stay.”
The state government has acknowledged that areas at higher altitudes or far from the reservoir could suffer interruptions in water service but denies rationing by economic class.
“There is no rationing or restriction of water consumption in any of the 365 municipalities served by our company,” the Basic Sanitation Company of the State of Sao Paulo said in an emailed statement answering questions about drought measures. “(The company) invested heavily in measures to increase the security of water supply in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo, and these investments are more than enough to meet the extra demand during the World Cup.”
But according to Jose Carlos Mierzwa, a University of Sao Paulo professor who focuses on sanitary engineering, rationing has to happen. “The government needs to resort to rationing,” he said. “The levels keep dropping, and it is becoming more and more critical.”
The question, of course, is whether such rationing is done equally across all economic levels. Equally important is whether travelers to Sao Paolo can be sure they will have adequate water during their stay. While the majority of hotels claim to have established “contingency plans” with private companies to supply water if cuts occur, this is far from an across-the-board guarantee. Due diligence feels like a good idea here.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.