Vatican turns off fountains due to drought

Action follows two years of poor rainfall in and around Rome
Rome’s famous fountains are being turned off as central Italy gasps in a severe drought. Vatican authorities are switching off all 100 of its fountains – the first time it has made such a move.
The fountains include two Baroque masterpieces in St Peter’s Square. Drinking fountains are also being turned off and water rationing is being considered.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said it was the first time authorities could recall turning off the fountains, telling Reuters TV: “This is the Vatican’s way of living solidarity with Rome, trying to help Rome get through this crisis.”
The suffocating heat this summer follows two years of poor rainfall in and around Rome. Rivers have run dry and lakes and reservoirs are low.

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