State attorney to open probe on arsenic in Rome water
Consumer groups, citizens press charges03 March, 14:21
A number of consumers' groups and citizen committees have pressed charges against the city administration for its delay in alerting Romans over high arsenic levels in drinking water.
The city administration told residents late last year not to drink tap water until December 2014 after arsenic levels were found to be over the European Union limit of 10 micrograms per liter in a number of northern districts of Rome. The World Health Organisation says arsenic can cause cancer and the EU set limits on its presence in drinking water in 2001.