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In drought conditions, Italy limits the use of water

In drought conditions, Italy limits the use of water

The Italian cities of Verona and Pisa have restricted water use. The country is facing its worst drought in decades.

In the northern Italian city of Verona, tap water can only be used for 'domestic purposes, personal cleaning and hygiene', local authorities announced on Saturday.

From 6 am to 9 pm, citizens are prohibited from watering the garden, sports fields, washing cars or filling swimming pools.

Outside these hours, people are asked to voluntarily refrain from using tap water for these purposes. The measures are in force until August 31.

Those who do not respect the rules will be fined up to 500 euros.

In Pisa, similar rules will come into effect on July 11, limiting the use of potable water for domestic activities.

Italy has been experiencing high summer temperatures with very little rainfall for some time now. The Po River – the longest in the country – has dried up in some places and is recording its lowest levels in more than 70 years.

In Milan, the big fountains have been closed.

Some regions have called on Rome to declare a state of emergency to enable further financial aid and civil protection measures.