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(en) Italy, Sicilia Libertaria: Trapani but without water (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 6 Apr 2024 08:29:23 +0300

Trapani, at the extreme tip of Italy and Sicily, is bathed on three sides, by the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Mediterranean. This natural wealth has marked its history or today favors tourism. ---- Yet he is... without water to drink. ---- An old watermaker closed ten years ago and supplies the precious liquid from the outskirts of the province, from the Bresciana district, 60 km from the capital, via long pipelines - sieves. ---- When the water arrives, and the "norm" is distribution every other day and for a few hours, it is sometimes smelly and polluted due to the contiguity and the same level of the water pipe with the sewer pipe.

But the "norm" is not the rule. It often happens that the water doesn't arrive at all: real attacks on the sampling pumps for which only today - after years and years - has it been decided to put some sort of remedy at least with video surveillance, breakages for the most varied reasons in the transport pipeline, "rationings" due to the "water crisis" due to drought.

The substantial result is that entire neighborhoods and hamlets - we are talking about thousands of users - therefore remain without water for even long periods. In other areas, water arrives every four days.

In the meantime, ATI Trapani, the "governing" body for regulating the water service in the province - and of which the capital municipality, Trapani, is the second largest "shareholder" - is evaluating the "choice of the management model ", whether public or private. If the choice fell on this last model we would be faced with yet another rape of the outcome of the referendum of 12-13 June 2011 which repealed the laws which spoke of privatization of water management and which has already been recently scuppered by the Draghi government.

And the population? She remains in "religious" silence, does not take to the streets against the mayor-autocrat of the day, is resigned, and ... buys water.

Water in Trapani, for washing and cooking (for drinking we only use supermarket water which we know is a contributing cause of the accumulation of dangerous microplastics in the body) has become a "genre of luxury" and the new "jewelers" are the usual few and well-known ones who manage "private" city wells and the private water tankers that supply condominiums with very high bills.

And the latter is the only thriving "industry" in Trapani, together with that of the Masonic cliques and the patronage vote. In Trapani there is, in fact, no water "emergency": the situation described has been experienced "always", but, despite all this, citizens flock to the polls always voting for the usual suspects.

Those who, in the past, have tried to demand rights and not favors, to draw attention, at the very least, to "the need, and the legal obligation, to provide citizen-consumers with a "Service Charter", or to promoting the use of potable water also for drinking is first marginalized and then forgotten.

Natale Salvo

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