Vatican City, Jul 25, 2017 / 06:43 am
As the city of Rome and much of Italy experiences a severe drought, the Vatican has turned off its fountains in an effort to preserve water and show solidarity with the city, which may be forced to ration water to about 1 million of the city's residents.
As far as is known, this is the first time the Vatican has been forced to turn off its some 100 fountains, "so this is an exception," Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, told Reuters TV.
The water that comes into the Vatican is from the same sources as the water to the city of Rome, he said. "This is the Vatican's way of living solidarity with Rome, trying to help Rome get through this crisis."
A prolonged heatwave in southern Europe and two years of well-below-average rainfall have caused a severe drought in Rome and the surrounding areas.