By Constantinos Psillides
NICOSIA was left without running water on Thursday after a problem emerged during scheduled repair work on the pipeline at the Tersefanou pumping station.
Andreas Manoli, deputy head of the water development department (WDD), said the crew had experienced an unexpected problem on Wednesday night and had to shut down the pipeline.
He said the problem was expected to be resolved later in the day but supply was not expected to be restored “any time soon.”
“Supply to households will start being restored at 6pm and could take hours to complete because it must be done gradually,” Manoli said.
Even the Nicosia General Hospital was not spared the water cuts.
Nicosia Water Board director Nicos Zambakkides said it was unacceptable that the water supply of an entire city came through a single pipeline.
“Our reservoirs are full, the desalination plants are operational, yet we cannot get running water in our homes. This is unacceptable,” he said.
“The WDD has been telling us all morning that everything will be back in order by the end of the day. Meanwhile our phones are ringing off the hook. Our whole network is paralysed,” he said, adding that he expects supply problems to continue on Saturday, despite assurances.
Zambakides suggested that the government should consider private contractors to build a new pipeline.