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Without water in the taps, families are forced to ration water drop by drop.
Hulene B neighbourhood resident Monica is 35 years old and part of these statistics. Her family has 12 members and her challenge is to manage on 85 liters of water a day for cooking, bathing and other household needs.
Rationing is complicated but impossible to avoid. “Not being able to spend money, not having enough containers to store water, never mind the time it takes waiting for your turn… ,” Monica says.
Drop by drop, the housewife washes dishes, washes the food to be cooked, even using that water for cooking. Asked how she manages hygiene with six children, she says: “We tell the children not to go to the toilet often and then only make ‘minor needs’.”
By the end of the day, most of the activities had already been fulfilled. Then bathing begins, with only half a 25-liter drum remaining: about 12.5 liters for six adults and six children. And it is not only families that suffer from the effects of water supply restrictions; some health centers are already suffering water shortages, particularly in areas where piped water has been cut for more than two weeks.Source: O País