Little Lily Hops to Rome for Drinking Fountains and Kitties
Today’s blog was written by Little Lily with the help of Marilyn Hall, Water Conservation Coordinator
Last month I was lucky enough to hop over to Italy. I was curious about how Italians relate to their water. Do they conserve like we do here in Athens? Do they have aging infrastructure problems like in so many U.S. cities? Here is some of what I learned in my pad hop to Rome, Italy.
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My trips always start with a water bottle refill at the airport in Atlanta. I love drinking fountains and the water bottle filling stations are a nice addition. It is sad that public drinking fountains are so hard to find in the U.S. these days.
Here in Rome, there are about 2,500 drinking fountains called nasoni (big noses). These fountains provide clean water for drinking, the exact same water that comes out of the taps of Rome’s houses. The first nasone was created in 1874 when only twenty of these fountains could be found in the city.
This was one of the prettiest Nasoni I saw in Rome. Imagine if artists in Athens Georgia were to design drinking fountains all over the city! The water flows constantly in most of the nasoni and comes from a huge reservoir in Peschiera which runs through about seventy miles of channels before emerging from the spout of a city fountain. The fountain system is environmentally friendly because the constantly running water is recycled and not wasted.
This is what the water lines look like in the Roman Coliseum. Did you know that they would sometimes flood the Coliseum with water for mock naval battles? Enormous aqueducts supplied water from springs and reservoirs to the city and Coliseum.
We always hear about the old and failing infrastructure in the U.S. Well, our infrastructure is brand new compared to this 2000 year old storm drain in the Roman Coliseum! It worked too. When it started raining the downspouts overhead dropped the water into these drains.
I loved Italy. The food is delicious, the language is beautiful, and the people are friendly. Here I am with my new friend who lives with a bunch of other cats in the ruins where Caesar was murdered.
The Tiber River runs through Rome. It is a lot bigger than the Oconee River back home. See that dome in the background? That is the Vatican.
Yes, this is a real ancient statue in Rome and yes, that is really me sitting where its head should be….