Wa­ter cuts pose Rome ‘health risk’

The Manica Post - - Foreign News/sport -

ITALY’S Health Min­is­ter Beatrice Loren­zin has warned of health con­se­quences if wa­ter ra­tioning is im­posed in Rome.

Parts of Italy, in­clud­ing the Lazio re­gion around Rome, are suf­fer­ing from drought.

The wa­ter com­pany that serves Rome is propos­ing cut­ting sup­plies for eight hours a day to 1.5 mil­lion res­i­dents.

Wa­ter util­ity Acea blames a de­ci­sion by of­fi­cials to stop it tak­ing sup­plies from a nearby lake.

The au­thor­i­ties that run Lazio say lev­els in Lake Brac­ciano have fallen too low be­cause of the drought and they fear an en­vi­ron­men­tal disas­ter.

Ms Loren­zin said: “An even­tual sus­pen­sion of the sup­ply of wa­ter in Rome could seriously com­pro­mise the level of hy­giene of all the ac­com­mo­da­tion struc­tures, restau­rants and pub­lic of­fices.

“But above all, it could seriously com­pro­mise the pro­vi­sion of es­sen­tial health ser­vices.”

Acea has crit­i­cised the de­ci­sion to pre­vent the use of wa­ter from Lake Brac­ciano and said it had no choice but to in­tro­duce ra­tioning.

But the wa­ter com­pany and the re­gional au­thor­i­ties say they will con­tinue to try to find a so­lu­tion.

Italy has suf­fered its third- dri­est spring in 60 years, af­fect­ing two-thirds of farm­land and cost­ing Ital­ian agri­cul­ture some €2bn ($2.3bn; £1.8bn).

There have been two years of lower-than-av­er­age rain­fall in Rome.

So dire is the sit­u­a­tion that the Vati- can be­gan shut­ting off its fa­mous foun- tains on Tues­day.-bbc­news

A sand spit has emerged in Lake Brac­ciano be­cause the wa­ter lev­els are so low

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