Extraction of mining mineral resources decreased. The increase in mineral water withdrawals continues.
In 2018, in Italy mining and quarrying sites amounted to 4,518. Among them, 2,169 were into production sites (-3% compared to 2017). National extraction of non-energy mineral resources, including natural mineral waters withdrawals, amounted to 183.3 million tons (83.2% was from quarrying), with a 1.2% decrease over the previous year.
A percentage equal to 48.5% of the national amount of mineral resources extracted in 2018 from quarrying, came from the North of Italy, consisting of 83.1 million tons (+4.9% over the previous year). South of Italy and Islands contribute with 55.9 million tons (-13.6% less than 2017).