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Putting salt in tap water and drilling wells in parks: One city's desperate quest to avoid running dry

For weeks, the public water utility in Montevideo has been mixing salty water from the Río de la Plata estuary with fresh water from the Paso Severino reservoir to stretch supplies, after applying for an exemption to normal rules on salinity in drinking water.
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Uruguay drought spurs water safety caution, as bottled water sales surge

Uruguay stands out for its history of investing in safe drinking water. But extreme weather has caught the country flat-footed as it faces the safety risks of prolonged drought. 
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Uruguay, amid severe drought, adds saltwater to public drinking supply

The amount of sodium coming out of the tap is now more than twice the World Health Organization recommendation and 10 times normal levels.