"We have a culture of emergency... We need a civil pact, an economic accord to turn the culture of emergency into a culture of prevention," Gargano said, flanked by representatives of regional farmers' and water management associations.
The figures were set to rise as global warming and rapid urbanization put the water management system under increasing pressure, ANBI officials said. The system is based on a network of reservoirs and canals, many of them centuries old. In 2003,
"We talk about water only when there is an emergency -- flood or drought. But it is an everyday problem," said Nino Andena, head of