Popular Italian Hot Spot Bars Tourists Amid Water Issue

Glitch in water delivery system on Capri has sent island into a water emergency
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2024 9:30 AM CDT
Heading to Capri? Not So Fast
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A water emergency prompted the mayor of Capri—one of Italy's most popular islands—to order a halt to the arrival of tourists on Saturday, in a crisis that has deprived some areas of any water supply. Without a water supply, it's impossible to guarantee essential services to "thousands of people" who travel to the island daily during the tourist season, Mayor Paolo Falco said, per the AP. "The health and hygiene situation is explosive, we have taken our countermeasures and activated the crisis unit and issued a restrictive order," the mayor's order said.

The emergency was caused by a failure in the mainland's water system that provides vital supplies to the island. At the moment. water is still supplied to most of the island, but some isolated areas of the upper municipality of Anacapri are already dry. Only local reservoirs supply the network, which in the absence of supplies from the mainland risks being run out. Meanwhile, tanks are expected to reach the island to support essential services, pending restoration of the full supply.

The mayor's order was issued shortly after 9am local time, causing an immediate stop to ticket sales. The move has created long lines of passengers at ticket offices at the ports of the southern city of Naples, the departing point for most ferries to Capri. Ferries and hydrofoils that had already departed for Capri were contacted by radio by the maritime authorities, which ordered their return to port and disembarkation of passengers.

(More Capri stories.)

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