RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - During the Coronavirus pandemic, which has been raging for close to 100 days, Curitiba experienced several periods of water shortage. The supply system is managed by SANEPAR, a "mixed economy" public company having both private and government shareholders.

After SANEPAR was opened to private partners, the government of Paraná held only 20 percent of the shares in the company's capital Critics claim that profit has prevailed over investment.

Despite the shortage of the precious liquid in the taps, at this time when people are asked to wash their hands, water is abundant in reservoirs around . . .

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