This time the taps are really in danger of being closed, at any rate in Rome. The Lazio Region has ordered Acea, a company that deals with water supply in the capital, to stop water withdrawals in Bracciano Lake, the most important source of supply for water distribution in the capital.
The reason, in President Zingaretti’s intentions, is soon to be said: because of the drought that is undergoing the region, but not only, the lake level has collapsed fearfully by 40 centimeters to endanger the same survival, as well as the entire ecosystem. According to the estimates of the Lazio Region, all the activities of taking water in the lake are to be suspended. “Unlawful decision” has been said by Acea, according to which operations at Bracciano would lead to a drop in the water level of “only” 1.5 millimeters per day.
The Roman company has so threatened, after Zingaretti’s decision, a rationing of eight-hour turn water for a million and a half citizens of the capital. Of course, the president of the region: “Acea takes only 8% of all the needs from Lake Bracciano and so I imagine a not important amount of water. The problem is and is serious, the lake water level has dropped with a possible environmental catastrophe”.
In the wake of what is happening in Rome, ten Regions have called for the emergency of drought that this summer is draining increasingly drier lakes and rivers. Effect of climate change, true, but not the whole truth. Because in Italy there is a big problem called water dispersion: according to ISTAT data, as much as 40% of the water that flows from the sources, crosses the aqueducts, does not flow through our taps. Potenza is the leader of this sad list (68.8%), followed by Campobasso (68) and Cagliari (59.3%). Only in Rome they lose 44 liters on 100. But in scattered water are also considered the continuous flowing fountains, the waters supplied for solidarity purposes, the bland public administrations who do not pay the bills, the abusive homes. Items that have little to do with climate change and the Paris accord, but derive from the unprecedented plunder in the government of public affairs.
The situation has crossed the national boundaries and is over on the New York Times pages: “Poor rain and aqueducts with chronic losses are putting the Roma at risk of drastic rationing of the water,” writes the US daily who has dealt with the political consequences of event, with the stand-off between the Region, Acea and the Municipality of Rome.