1 / 4       Farmers of Cerano area are forced by industrial settlement to move themselves until the neighboring village of Tuturano to stock water. The groundwater has been polluted by the excavations for the underground passage of the conveyor belt of coal of Central Federico II. © Karl Mancini/Echo Photojournalism.

2 / 4       Cans used by farmers in the area of Cerano for the daily supplies of water. © Karl Mancini/Echo Photojournalism.

3 / 4       The fountain of Tuturano where the inhabitants of the district Cerano is daily water supply is in poor hygienic conditions: it's surrounded by garbage. © Karl Mancini/Echo Photojournalism.

4 / 4       The position of Tuturano related with the Federico II plant and the city of Brindisi.

Every day 5Km to drink

To feed a thermoelectric power plant with coal implies that there is a constant supply of fuel. For this purpose ENEL built a conveyor belt of more than 13 Km long, whose realisation has led excavations to a depth of 20 metres to be able to bury it. This operation has affected the shallow groundwater, so much so that the local people remember that during its construction it was possible to hear the noise of the pumps that drained the excavations. To avoid obstacles in the work, the surface strata has been made to flow toward the deeper ones by means of perforations in the ground.
The consequences were already starting to show at the beginning of the Nineties when the wells around Cerano started to dry up forcing farmers, who obviously could not do without water resources, to reach a depth of almost 50 metres from the surface. Reaching these depths in the area inevitably means fishing salt water. And using it for twenty years means making the land infertile. Not to mention of course that what comes out of the taps of the houses is salt water.
As if that were not enough the tanks for rainwater collection – which with the wells have always been the traditional water resources of the area – are heavily polluted by the coal dust state the inhabitants of the area.
To date, the request for a supply of drinking water for about 200 people living in the surroundings of Cerano has not been approved, while the power plant is supplied. In the area of Cerano, everyone is therefore still forced to use water whose use has been banned from the power plants, and to travel daily to the public fountain in Tuturano for supplies of drinking water. No less than five kilometres a day to drink. [ S. I. ]

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