Italy is plagued by drought: a water dispute has broken out in Lake Garda

Italy is plagued by drought
A dispute over the water of Lake Garda erupted

Due to the continuing drought in Italy, the levels of the longest river are falling more and more. To prevent this, water from Lake Garda could be brought into the Fall. However, the proposal met with harsh criticism. Because the lake is only 60 percent full.

Due to the drought, a dispute arose in Italy over the idea of ​​diverting water from Lake Garda to the Po River. The proposal came in recent days because Italy’s longest river currently has extremely little water. In some places, authorities have measured historical lows, as shown by the latest Monday report from management. The intention was to take water from Lake Garda, which was still about 60 percent full.

However, the association of municipalities on Lake Garda opposes this. “If we release more water than is allowed for agriculture and meet the Po River requirement, we would do double the damage,” said Secretary General Pierlucio Ceresa. It’s not that Lake Garda doesn’t want to release water for the Po River, Ceresa explained. But water is simply scarce. In the end, not only the “sick Po river” but also the “sick Lake Garda” would remain in the plan. Ceresa spoke of the worst crisis in 60 years.

Extreme drought has been prevalent in northern Italy in particular for several weeks. Civil protection is preparing for a nationwide operation if the government declares a state of emergency due to the drought, a spokesman for the office said. There will be a high risk of forest fires in July and August due to the drought.

Bishop Mario Delpini of Milan has announced that he will pray for water and for those suffering from drought on Saturday. The Coldiretti farmers’ association warned of poor harvests and up to ten percent less milk due to stress for livestock. In northern Piedmont, authorities in some communities have already allocated drinking water and there is a risk that this will happen in other areas. According to media reports, energy supplier Enel shut down a hydroelectric power plant near Piacenza due to low water levels in the Po.

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