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Water levels in north’s reservoir below 10 per cent

Panagra reservoir to the west of Kyrenia (File photo)

Turkish Cypriot authorities have banned the pumping of water from the north’s main reservoir in Panagra because capacity is down to just 10 per cent due to the ongoing technical problems with the water pipeline from Turkey.

Water supply to the dam from Turkey through the 80-kilometre-long underwater pipeline built a few years ago was expected to resume in recent days after technical problems last January led to the disruption of the supply.

Turkish Cypriot authorities had said last week the water was expected to be back on within a few days citing delays due to bad weather that prevented the restoration works. It was initially announced that water was set to restart flowing from August 30, but was pushed back to September 25, and then again to September 29. The water supply has still not been resumed.

According to daily Kibris on Monday, the Turkish Cypriot authorities banned any water pumping from the Panagra reservoir since last weekend until water flows again from Turkey.

The explanation given was the need to protect the fish and other organisms living in the reservoir.

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