Despite heavy rains, drought-stricken São Paulo stays dry
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Despite heavy rains, drought-stricken São Paulo stays dry

Officials say Brazil’s biggest city had its rainiest March since 2008, but it’s still suffering effects of the worst drought in more than 80 years. Reservoir levels remain critically low and water experts fear the onset of the dry season means São Paulo may have to impose strict water rationing.

Between early February and March 31, the water level at São Paulo’s largest reservoir rise from 5 percent of capacity to nearly 19 percent.

Read more: How climate change and government mismanagement created Brazil’s worst drought in decades

Water utility Sabesp says the heavy rainfall coupled with water saving measures should stave off the need for a severe rationing system.

But water expert Mario Thadeu Leme de Barros says a rigorous water rationing system may have to be imposed if the April-to-September dry season is drier than expected.

Associated Press