A village in the Paphos district has reportedly been left without water since Thursday because the village authority cannot afford to pay the electricity bill.
The village of Prastio is supplied with water from neighbouring Trachypedoulas. An electric turbine has been set up by the latter to provide the water, which is paid for every two months by the people of Prastio.
Recently the water supply has become problematic, as the large increase in the price of electricity has boosted the operating costs of the turbine. As a result the operator in Trachypedoulas has not paid the bill as the money secured from the people of Prastio is not enough to cover it.
The Electricity Authority (EAC) has reportedly informed both the authorities in Trachypedoulas and the Water Development Department about the problem although no initiative has so far been taken to solve the problem.
As such, on Thursday the EAC cut their supply to the turbine, as a result of which Prastio has been left without water.
Diko MP for Paphos Chrysanthos Savvides told daily Phileleftheros he has received a number of complaints over the last few days from people in the community.
“Homes and commercial premises have been living for days without the supply of water,” he said, “and everyone understands what that means”.
Something must be done to help the people of Prastio, he said, as they have paid the amount they have been billed for. The EAC, the Water Development Department and the operators of the turbine must come together to make some decisions so those who are not responsible don’t have to pay the price.
He said he will make a call in the House of Representatives for something to be done to help the villagers.