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Peyia home owners stage protest over water stink

Peyia home owners at the town hall

THE owners of holiday homes and residents of an area of Peyia demonstrated at the town hall on Tuesday, demanding supply of clean water after their source was contaminated.

The problem has affected some 300 dwellings for the past two months. The homes are connected to a private well belonging to the developer who constructed them.

In June, the residents were notified by the health services that the water was no longer suitable. Residents however, said that the problem started in February of this year.

“We haven’t had any clean water for 12 days now and we are forced to buy a tonne of water costing €20 every two days, which cannot be used for cooking,” holiday home owner Eleftheria Philippidou said.

Philippidou, from Nicosia, suggested that the well had been contaminated after villas were built in the area.

The residents asked Peyia Mayor Neophytos Akoursiotis to make arrangements so that they receive water from the local authority.

The mayor said the homes in question were connected to a private well, but they were inside an area designated as touristic and the municipality was obliged to supply them with water “provided he received a letter from the authorities that the well was contaminated.”

Akoursiotis said after receiving the official results of the tests, he would convene the council to authorise the supply of water to the affected homes.

The mayor said the residents will prepare a letter asking to be connected to the municipality’s water network because the water they received from the private source was no longer suitable.

Emmanuel Matides, also from Nicosia, said they paid a €33 flat fee every two months when in the capital they paid less than a third of that amount.

Matides said after the development of the area, the new homes were linked to the municipality. He said that he has been in the area since 1994-1995.

“The pipe that goes to those houses is 30 metres from our flats,” he said.

When they enquired, the municipality told them they had to pay €1,150 per meter, per flat when in Nicosia it cost between €200 and €250, he said.

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