In many villages and towns we’ve enjoyed the wonderful tasting water from the ancient drinking fountains. That they work today is a testament to the engineering skills of the Romans.
The Roman Empire was built upon the supply of water by aqueducts; without an adequate and safe water supply, urban population could not have developed, nor would the empire have spread right across the Mediterranean.
More recently, due to the high cost of state subsidies, the Italian Government has been trying to reform the 91 regional water utilities. Privatisation was tabled back in 1993, but this was rejected by the voters by a huge majority in a 2011 referendum.
Ironically despite the excellent free drinking water from the Roman fountains, Italians drink more bottled water than any other nation.