The Vatican Turns off Famous Fountains, as Rome Struggles in Drought

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Vatican has turned off its famous fountains, as Rome struggles in a drought.

There are around 100 fountains in Vatican City, and on July 24, authorities started to turn them off. A spokesperson for the Vatican, Greg Burke, said he thinks this is the first time this has happened, and it is a way for the Vatican to show solidarity with Rome.

Burke spoke to Reuters about why Pope Francis is getting involved, “This decision is very much in line with the Pope’s thinking on ecology: you can’t waste and sometimes you have to be willing to make a sacrifice.”

A low level of rainfall has reportedly been affecting Rome for some time now. According to Reuters, the city’s average monthly rainfall has been been significantly lower every month this year, since March.

According to news sources, a water rationing strategy could soon be enforced in the city.