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Water consumption high despite dry spells

(27.01.2006) According to data from Arpa Piemonte the Piedmont region/IT had only half the amount of its usual rainfall last year (430 mm). The consequences of this dry spell now include a lack of drinking water and low water levels in the region's lakes.
Insufficient snowfalls in the mountains could also have a negative impact. Current average snow levels are only 25 cm; they should be around 120 cm at this time of year. Moreover, to ensure minimum snow levels of 50 cm on the Olympic ski slopes, around 1 million m³ of water were used in spite of the drought to produce a total of 2 million m³ of artificial snow.
Source and information: www.arpa.piemonte.it (it) and CIPRA Italy