Bottled water better in Italy

2014-07-10 18:30


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Plastic water bottles bad for the environment

2014-06-04 12:22

Justin Friedman from For The Love of Water tells us what kind effects plastic water bottles have on the environment and our health.WATCH

Rome - The Italian government has failed to improve the quality of its drinking water, leaving people exposed to health risks from high levels of arsenic and fluoride, the European Commission said on Thursday.

It said Italy's drinking water did not meet European Union standards despite more than nine years of scrutiny. The Lazio region around the capital Rome has a particularly pressing problem.

"Water contamination from arsenic and fluoride is a long-standing problem in Italy," the commission said in a statement.

In February, local authorities in Rome, whose fountains fed by ancient aqueducts attract hordes of tourists, imposed a temporary ban on drinking water from public supplies in parts of the city.

Arsenic is tasteless and odourless and can enter drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth. High levels of it in water can cause skin damage, circulatory problems and an increased risk of cancer.

When high levels of pollutants are found in a country's drinking water, the commission grants it a maximum of three grace periods of three years each to find a solution. Italy's third grace period expired more than a year ago.

Read more on:    eu  |  italy  |  water

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.