Rome’s Ubiquitous Public Fountains – The Nasoni Story

Especially for the hot days 🌞 

 I have been living in Italy for almost a year (initially in Florence and then Rome), and from the very first moment of walking in the streets, it is hard to ignore one of the well-known symbols in Italy, and it – the breezes scattered on the city streets, designed for drinking with clean water, with water flowing freely and wasted, starting in the year. 1870 to this day.

So the same frogs are called “Nasoni” also called a fontanella (plural fontanelle, lit. “little fountains”) in Italian, and the meaning of the name is “big nose,” because of their shape.
Only in Rome itself, there are between 2500-2800 “Nasoni” who provide free drinking water to all residents and tourists arriving in the city.
The question then arises as to why not install a faucet/bracket to prevent the wastage of water, and only those who are really interested in drinking can open and close the faucet.

Nasone

Nasone

So the reasons are –

  1. One Economy – The operating cost of a single “nut” in Rome (maintaining the cleanliness and certainty of being drinkable) comes to 3-5 euros a day, which depends on the intensity of the water flow. If such a faucet is indeed installed, then it will begin to grow both within the “nut” itself, and within the many long pipes that lead to it, bacteria and other pests that contaminate the water, thus raising the disinfection and cleaning costs. The continuous flow of water prevents the bacteria, the green and other things that require treatment and disinfection to accumulate inside the pipes, thus significantly reducing costs.
  2. The second is waste of water – it turns out that bacterial and other pesticides inside the pipes can also cause holes and leaks in the pipes, and it is now estimated that the water flows freely wastes about 1% of the potable water in Italy, compared to about 50% of which will be wasted. So next time you travel to Italy and see water “wasting” them freely on the streets, remember that the flow of water freely is just cheaper and more efficient. 💧💧
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