Water alarm in Italy: Lake Garda massively affected – several cities are rationing drinking water
Created: 07/05/2022 04:47
Water emergency in Italy.
Verona has now rationed drinking water.
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Italy is currently suffering from an enormous drought.
In the north, this can also be felt at Lake Garda.
Now the city of Verona has rationed drinking water.
Verona – Enormous heat and lack of rain continue to cause major problems in Italy.
And: The great heat period is actually still to come.
Now the city of Verona (almost 250,000 inhabitants) is also rationing drinking water.
Another clear sign of how extreme the situation is at the moment.
Due to the weather conditions and their consequences for the water supply, the mayor of the city signed an ordinance "that limits the consumption of drinking water for private purposes," the city's website said on Saturday.
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It is therefore prohibited until August 31st to use drinking water to irrigate gardens and sports facilities, to wash cars and to fill swimming pools.
Failure to comply with the ban could result in a fine of up to 500 euros.
Similar measures have already been enacted in other cities in Italy.
Mayor Michele Conti also signed a similar order in Pisa (almost 90,000 inhabitants): In the tourist town in Tuscany, drinking water may only be used in the household from July 11th.
Verona is the largest city so far.
Like other European countries, Italy has suffered from an unusual heat wave in recent weeks, while there has been no rain at the same time.
The agriculturally important Po Valley in northern Italy is experiencing its worst drought in 70 years.
According to the country's largest farmers' association, Coldiretti, the drought is threatening more than 30 percent of the country's agricultural production and half of the Po Valley's livestock.
Parma ham is mainly produced there.
Water alarm in Italy: Lake Garda water level significantly lower than usual
The water level of Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda is significantly lower than usual for this time of year.
The Tiber, which flows through Rome, also has low water.
Recently in Italy there was even a discussion as to whether part of Lake Garda should be pumped out to counteract the water shortage.
Another consequence of the drought: Electricity generation from hydropower fell significantly.
Hydroelectric power plants are mainly found in the mountains in the north of the country.
They typically provide almost a fifth of the electricity needed in Italy.
In the meantime, however, blatant abuses have also been uncovered that contribute to the water shortage in Italy.