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Rome to reduce water pressure as drought bites

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Rome to reduce water pressure as drought bites

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One of Italy’s water distribution companies Acea has announced there will be a reduction in Rome’s water pressure in September.

Pressure will be cut during the night on peak days from next week and some buildings will lose their supply completely.

Acea said it has repaired around 1,300 water leaks since May.

Rome received 72 percent less rain than normal in July and 74 percent less in June.

Romans were threatened with water rationing earlier this summer after a row over water being extracted from Lake Bracciano. The lake supplies eight percent of Rome’s water supply. The company was allowed to continue using the lake when it promised to reduce its withdrawals from 1,100 to 400 litres per second.