With reduced boat traffic, the water in Venice's canals is crystal clear, and even small fish can be seen.
THE Italy is currently the second most affected by the new coronavirus in the world, second only to China. However, the pandemic is having some unexpected effects in Venice. In recent days, the city, which is in quarantine period, dawned with crystal clear waters in its canals.
The records were made by the residents, who shared photos of the channels with much clearer waters – in some, it is even possible to observe small fish swimming. In a Facebook group, locals expressed surprise. “Nature resumes its life, how beautiful”, wrote Maria Lanaro. Another user, Villa Lory, said he wished the water was always so clear. “It's wonderful to see the fish,” he wrote.
Crystal clear but not clean waters
However, in an interview with CNN network, the mayor of Venice said the change is not associated with improved water quality. “The water appears clearer because there is less traffic in the channels, allowing the substrate to remain at the bottom,” he said.
Although the water is not exactly cleaner, but crystal clear, the mayor said that, on the other hand, the city's air quality is better. "The air, however, is less polluted as there is less traffic from boat engines than usual," he told CNN.
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