Italy introduces partial water rationing due to severe drought

The Vatican says it is shutting off all its fountains including those in St. Peter's Square because of Italy's drought

A report on Vatican Radio said the decision was consistent with Pope Francis' teachings on the environment: The Pope has denounced waste and emphasized the importance of access to clean drinking water.

The Vatican has about 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces, and all will be switched off, including those in its gardens.

The Vatican has shut off the water at its fountains, including in St. Peter's Square.

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According to Mr. Burke, this is the first time that the Vatican, which is home to over 1.2 billion Catholics, has been forced to turn off the fountains.

Meanwhile Coldiretti, the farmers' association, estimates €2 billion worth of damage to agri-cultural land, while dairy farmers have reported drops in milk production.




(Vatican Radio) The drought that is affecting the city of Rome and the surrounding areas of the capital has led the Holy See to take measures to save water.

It will however keep a minimum of 85 fountains open and will decide on how many fountains to close day by day based on the weather and severity of drought, the spokesman said.

"The truth is Lake Bracciano has fallen too much and we risk an environmental disaster", Nicola Zingaretti, the President of the local Lazio region, told Tgcom24 TV station, as cited by Reuters, adding that "it is a tragedy".

"This is the Vatican's way of living in solidarity with Rome, trying to help Rome get through this crisis", Greg Burke, a Vatican spokesperson said in a recent interview.

In Rome, Mayor Virginia Raggi issued a ban on the use of domestic water for gardening, filling up swimming pools or washing cars or motorbikes, to be enforced with fines of up to 500 euros.

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