Vatican Turns off its 100 Fountains Amid Italian Drought

Jerome Frank
July 26, 2017

Pope Francis has made a decision to shut down 100 fountains in the Vatican over the next few days in a bid to help the city of Rome survive a severe drought.

(CNN) - The Vatican has chose to turn off its famous fountains for the first time in living memory as hot dry weather triggers severe water shortages across Italy.

The drought in Rome has also forced the authorities to shut off drinking fountains.

The Vatican has around 100 decorative and drinking fountains, including two 500-year-old marble masterpieces in St. Peter's Square.

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.

Liam Fox's Brexit optimism is matched by President Trump's
Both the US Department of Agriculture and European Union food safety regulator EFSA have said it is safe to eat in moderation. Writing in the Observer on Sunday , he warned against striking a quick, comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) with the US.

Six killed and dozens feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse
According to civic officials, a nursing home was being run on the ground floor of the building. Search operations are still on to help the people feared trapped under the concrete rubble.

Penguin pulls doctor's Mandela book
Mandela to the hospital had caught fire in June 2013, or a camera spying had been discovered in the morgue where his body lay. Publisher Penguin Random House has released a statement, confirming their decision to shelve the book.

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.

The governor of the Lazio region surrounding Rome, Nicola Zingaretti, has ordered no more water to be drawn from nearby Lake Bracciano, whose decreasing water levels are threatening its aquatic life.

After the second hottest spring in 60 years, and the driest in that same period, Italy has missed out on about a month's worth of rainfall, leaving lakes and reservoirs severely depleted.

Italy's drought threatens 50% of its farmland and has already resulted in over $2 billion in agriculture costs, with dairy, wine and olive production among the worst hit.

On Monday the group called for investment in infrastructure to collect and distribute the country's water supplies more efficiently and prepare for extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER