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Nicosia water cuts to be over by noon, Paphos still has problems

Water cuts in Nicosia due to the technical problems at desalination plants will be over by noon, head of the Nicosia water board Nicos Zambakides said on Friday morning.

The desalination plants were not working from Thursday morning after seawater mixed with a large amount of seaweed, sand and mud. The filters could not cope and had to be switched off.

On Thursday, the board received 1,300 cubic metres of water per hour from the Water Development Department (WDD), while the district’s water needs amount to 2,000 cubic metres per hour, Zambakides noted.

Almost all areas in Nicosia were affected by the water shortage, he added, except those surrounding schools and hospitals.

According to state broadcaster CyBC, which spoke to the director of the Larnaca desalination plant, Eirineios Koutsakos “there was never an issue of damage to the desalination plant.”

Problems remain in the Paphos area, however.

In the morning, the Paphos municipality issued a statement stressing the urgent need to save water due to the ongoing problem at the Asprokremmos reservoir, where accumulating mud has obstructed the water treatment systems.

“It is necessary for the public to limit water consumption to what is absolutely necessary,” the announcement said.

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