Elsewhere, such as Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, the anti-waste water ordinances are a novelty, the consequence of a particularly dry season, of the river Po reduced to a trickle and of the fear of arriving unprepared for the crucial moment of a water emergency in the marked season. from the absence of rain. In fact, in Molise citizens and mayors are much more accustomed to ordinances that formally prohibit the improper use of drinking water for purposes other than hygienic-domestic ones. In fact, it happens punctually that in the crucial period of heat, when above all the lower Molise is filled with tourists who triple the population and when it enters the heart of the summer season, ordinances to limit drinking water are formalized and widespread. This year it will probably happen sooner, given that specific anti-waste regulations are already being examined by many mayors, contacted in reference to what could be an emergency in the coming weeks, if – as the meoeo experts anticipate – the level of precipitation should remain the current one.
The mayor of Santa Croce di Magliano Alberto Florio confirms also this year the ordinances for the responsible use of drinking water consumption and the prohibition of improper use. It is forbidden to use the water from urban aqueducts for purposes other than hygienic-domestic ones. “It is therefore forbidden to water the gardens and orchards and fill private swimming pools”, the summary of the provision. It is not the only one. The mayor Montenero di Bisaccia Simona Contucci is also preparing the renewal of the ordinance already in use in recent years which regulates the use of water, “especially in the marina area” she explains. “We are implementing targeted checks through the traffic police to verify compliance with the responsible use of water – says Simona Contucci – and we will progressively intensify these checks”.
Molise Aque, through its president Giusepep Santone, has already said that at the moment there are no criticalities but also that the situation could change and worsen, both in consideration of the sieving networks of different countries (on which the competence belongs to the Municipalities, at the moment , while waiting for Egam to be the sole manager) and in light of the scarcity of rain. Some areas of Molise from 1 January have had 280 mm of precipitation compared to an average at the end of June between 500 and 700 mm.
“At the moment no critical situations are expected but it is clear that as regards drinking water a different cultural approach is needed for the Molise population, aimed at reducing losses for municipal administrations and waste for citizens , and this to avoid water crises in the middle of summer when the drought problem will be further aggravated ”the words of Giuseppe Santone.
The mayors, who often find themselves in spite of themselves the targets of the discontent of the population with regard to water supply problems, do what they can and evaluate ordinances and information to raise awareness to limit waste. In the next few days, other measures could therefore take place with a ban on using the irrigation resources of the municipal aqueducts to water orchards and gardens, fill swimming pools and wash cars in various municipalities in Molise.
“I remember that the irrigated use of water for domestic use is not permitted by law” says the mayor of Ferrazzano Cerio. “We are evaluating the situation and I cannot exclude having to make a provision to limit the use of water”, the words of the mayor of Petrella Tifernina Amoroso.
“We are closely monitoring the situation for possible anti-waste interventions” said the mayor of Venafro Alfredo Ricci. Roberto Di Pardo, Mayor of Petacciato, anticipates a note aimed at raising awareness for the correct use of water resources. “At the moment, however – he declares – the situation is not so serious as to foresee night closures which are often counterproductive because each container is transformed into a reserve which, if not used during the night, is thrown away the next morning”.
The mayor of Montecilfone Manes and that of Larino Puchetti instead underline the problem of water for agriculture “which has nothing to do with the municipalities but concerns the management between Molise Acque and the reclamation consortia”. The drought of the season has already caused a loss of grain yield of 40-50%. And on the horizon there is the problem of the tomato harvest.
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