Italy: Due to drought, water should be drained from Lake Garda – news abroad

Rome – The battle for water is raging in northern Italy! There is a dispute over the largest lake and the longest river in the country.

The Po Valley has been in extreme drought for weeks. The level of the Po, Italy’s longest river, is dramatically three meters below the annual average. 125 municipalities along the river stopped the supply of drinking water at night or at least significantly reduced it. Somewhere the water only gets by tank …

Desperate plan: Water from Lake Garda should ease the crisis. Meuccio Berselli, Secretary General of the Po District Office (Aipo), v Italian newspaper La Repubblica“We can’t waste any more time, it hasn’t rained for 110 days, we need cooperation and solidarity.”


The fall in northern Italy has largely dried upFoto: EPA

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The fall in northern Italy has largely dried upPhoto: EPA

Hence the requirement for Lake Garda communities to be able to drain 20,000 to 30,000 liters per second from their waters.

But these plans are vehemently defended! Because even the largest lake in the country has to fight heat and drought. The lake is about 63 percent full and is 46 centimeters below the average of previous years. decreasing trend.

Although there is still no shortage of popular tourist destinations in the south, the water level drops by one centimeter every day. Four million cubic meters of water are lost every day.

Pierlucio Ceresa, Secretary General of Lake Garda: “To try to cure the drought-stricken fall, they asked us to be able to take 20 to 30 cubic meters per second from the lake. Butt would need 500. They understand that it would be a useless operation that would have only one result: in addition to sick Po, we would have sick Gard. “

The impact on the flora and fish world of Lake Garda is unpredictable. The supply of artificial lakes near Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, must also be ensured. The tributary of melting snow is exhausted in Lake Garda, as in other lakes in and in the Alps. So no replenishment in sight.

A meeting of the heads of regional administrations is scheduled for this week in Rome to discuss a serious crisis.