By Constantinos Psillides
The water supply to Nicosia is being gradually restored, according to Nicosia Water Board director Nicos Zambakides, who said it would probably be completed sometime on Sunday morning.
The water supply to the capital was cut on Friday morning after the Tersefanou water pipe – Nicosia’s only water supply – was damaged during routine maintenance.
Zambakides said that Nicosia’s water flow went from 400 cubic metres on Friday to 1,900 cubic metres on Saturday morning.
“It will take us the whole day to restore the water supply completely. We can’t turn on the water supply at once so we won’t damage our network. I hope that doesn’t happen because that means we will have to shut down the whole thing once more. We need to be meticulous and people need to be patient,”
Zambakides said, stressing that consumers are blameless and that the responsibility lies solely on government shoulders.
Zambakides publicly criticised the Water Development Department (WDD) both because they damaged the water pipe and for the fact that the capital only has one water supply.
He even went as far as to suggest that private contractors are hired to build a new water supply network, arguing that it is unacceptable that a whole city depends on a single pipeline.