Cyprus Mail

Nicosia water supply back to normal

By Andria Kades
Water supply in Nicosia was back to normal on Thursday after almost a week of disruptions and cuts, head of the city’s water board Nikos Zambakides said.
“As long as the people help us by not over consuming water there should be no problems. For the next few days, there is an increase in temperature so we expect greater demand. However, there are no problems with supply,” he added.
He said the precautions were only to ensure that tanks are re-filled to their normal levels and stressed that with a little patience from residents, there would be no cuts. He advised those facing water supply problems to contact the water services.
The problem began on Friday when the Tersefanou water pipe – Nicosia’s only water supply – was damaged during routine maintenance.
Water cuts followed across the capital where a 12 hour schedule was followed for different areas. On Tuesday, another pipeline malfunctioned affecting Nikis Avenue, Griva Digeni and the area to the east of the presidential palace.
Repairs were not expected to last more than two and a half hours but complications arose when it appeared that there were underground cables belonging to the electricity authority (EAC) and CyTA as well as a Nicosia municipality drain over the site, putting water board staff at high risk.
The EAC sent a crane to remove an electricity pole from the scene.
Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis announced he wanted an investigation as to why reservoirs were full of water and people were short of supply adding that he was in touch with the European Investment Bank to develop an alternative water supply from Vasiliko to Nicosia.
To contact the Nicosia Water Board call 22 698 000

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