It took a crew of the Nicosia water board several hours on Monday to fix a burst main water pipe that formed a lake at the junction of the two roads where the Cyprus Museum and the House of Representatives are located.
To restore the damage, the crew dug up the asphalt right on the junction of the two roads, while the street was shut from around 4pm to 9.30pm for urgent repairs.
Museum Avenue remained closed to traffic at the junction, while police opened one lane at the other end of the street at the Markos Drakos roundabout at around 10pm to allow cars that were parked in the street to leave.
In the afternoon, Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis went to the scene to inspect the damage.
But while the crew was working to restore the damage, there was a second burst pipe in Ayios Andreas, near the central prison. It was not related to the one outside the museum, the head of the city’s water board Nikos Zambakides told the Cyprus Mail.
Both leaks were caused by natural wear and tear of the pipes, Zambakides said.
“It is not uncommon in the summer to have water leaks. Luckily we were able to fix the damage to the big one, and tomorrow morning the crew will start working on the one in Ayios Andreas,” he said.
He added that the bursting of the second pipe would cause a water shortage in Ayios Pavlos and Ayios Andreas areas, near the Central Prison and the municipal public swimming pool. He urged residents of those areas to use water sparingly.
“The crew will get to work early Tuesday morning and I believe by 10am the damage will be fixed,” he said.