Italian officials OK deal to avoid water rationing in Rome

(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini). A view of Lake Bracciano, in Trevignano, about 35 kilometers northwest of Rome, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Rome area’s governor last week ordered no more water drawn from Lake Bracciano, which supplies much of the Italian cap…
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini). A view of the shore of Lake Bracciano, about 35 kilometers northwest of Rome, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Rome area’s governor last week ordered no more water drawn from Lake Bracciano, which supplies much of the Italian capit…
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini). A view of Anguillara, on the shore of Lake Bracciano, about 35 kilometers northwest of Rome, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Rome area’s governor last week ordered no more water drawn from Lake Bracciano, which supplies much of th…
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini). A view of the shore of Lake Bracciano, about 35 kilometers northwest of Rome, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Rome area’s governor last week ordered no more water drawn from Lake Bracciano, which supplies much of the Italian capit…
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini). A man paddles by a water gauge in Lake Bracciano, about 35 kilometers northwest of Rome, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Rome area’s governor last week ordered no more water drawn from Lake Bracciano, which supplies much of the It…

MILAN (AP) – Italian authorities have reached a deal to avoid the immediate threat of water rationing in Rome, the capital.

The governor of the Lazio region, which includes Rome, said late Friday he will allow water to be drawn from Lake Bracciano at lesser volumes throughout August. Nicola Zingaretti had previously ordered a halt to drawing water from the lake at midnight Friday.

While the lake supplies only 8 percent of the capital’s water, the impending cutoff had raised pressure on officials to find alternatives under the threat of severe water rations in Rome.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi demanded an immediate intervention as the…

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