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Rio’s Heat Wave Causes Water Use Spike Ahead of Carnival

Heightened water demand from tourists to Rio de Janeiro plus a heat wave the first days of 2014 have disrupted some residents’ supplies ahead of Carnival.

The tourism influx over New Year’s caused water usage in some southern areas that include Ipanema and Copacabana to be three times higher than the historic year-end average, said the press office of Rio state’s water utility Cia. Estadual de Aguas & Esgotos, or Cedae. That resulted in “irregular” supplies in West and North zones such as Jacarepagua.