Scarce rain and chronically leaky aqueducts have combined to put Romans at risk of drastic water rationing last week. Sky TG24 TV meteorologists noted on Sunday that Italy had experienced one of its driest springs in some 60 years and that some parts of the country had seen rainfall totals 80 percent below normal. Among the hardest-hit regions was Sardinia, which is seeking natural disaster status. Farmers’ lobby Coldiretti has estimated USD2.3 billion worth of damage had been done to Italian agriculture so far. Dairy farmers are lamenting drops in milk production. Among those suffering are farmers growing canning tomatoes in the southeastern region of Puglia, wine grapes throughout much of Italy and those cultivating olives – all signature crops for the nation. Another afflicted area was the province in Parma, an area in north-central Italy renowned for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and prized prosciutto. The lake, 40 kilometers from Rome, used to be used only for backup water supply but recent years have seen it being tapped on a regular basis.