By Bejay Browne
TALA COMMUNITY council has taken steps to claw back provision of water supply currently operated by two separate companies.
Tala councillor Cathi Delany explained that Ayios Nephytos Monastery and Leptos who supply water to some residents had been instructed by the water board to relinquish control to Tala Council from January 1, 2016.
Tala has installed two separate meters to monitor the flow of water.
Delaney said that Armonia Estates – part of Leptos – supply part of Kamares, and the Ayios Neofytos monastery meter covers the areas of Melasovonos, Lofos and parts of Stephanie in Tala.
“The meters monitor the flow of water so that we will invoice the two companies for consumption,” Delany said.
Until the matter is resolved, customers will continue to receive bills relating to their consumption from the monastery and Leptos.
She said that both of the companies consider that they are entitled to compensation and are corresponding with the government on the issue.
“They are looking for compensation as they feel entitled to this for their loss of income. This (the private water supply) is a historical situation and when they give the water back to us, it will mean that everyone is on a level footing and bills will be charged for the same time frame and at the same rate,” said the councillor.
Currently there are variations on charges per cubic metre and some bills are sent out every two months, whilst others are sent every three.
“They have both known since the end of last year that this was happening and that they should relinquish control, but they claim that they need longer to hand everything over. We are in the process of negotiating a three month extension with them and then we will take it from there.”
Although these are both private entities, the water board is responsible for quality control, said Delaney.
A section of Kamares, which comes under the umbrella of Kili community council, have already been taken back by Kili community board.
“They had a few teething problems with murky water, but I believe that this has now been resolved,” she said.