In uncertain economic times, people are turning to alternative currencies, whether that means the digital realm and cryptocurrencies or reverting back to a barter system by exchanging services instead of money. Italian water supplier Padania Acque Gestione is offering poor families who have defaulted on their payments the ability to settle their bill with good deeds. This is a good twist on exchanging services as the needy can get access to an important utility while also helping the local community.
The Water Bank scheme is currently in place in Northern Italy. The Cremona province in particular has been harshly affected. Padania Acque Gestione customers can now pay by doing activities like tending public gardens and volunteering with seniors.