Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome

AFP- July 27, 2017

Rome (AFP) – Plans to ration water in drought-hit Rome could have serious consequences for public health, Italy’s health minister warned Wednesday.

The Lazio region has said that emergency measures to battle the prolonged dry spell could lead to staggered water supply shutdowns in neighbourhoods in the capital for eight hours daily, starting from this weekend.

Such a move could “seriously compromise sanitary hygiene standards in accommodation structures and restaurants in the capital, as well as in all public offices,” Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said.

“But above all it could lead to grave problems in providing essential health services,” she said.