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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Desperate Tala residents in water protest ]

Desperate Tala residents in water protest

THE RESIDENTS of Tala village yesterday staged a demonstration at the village against the non-implementation of a regimented schedule of water cuts, which has led to long and unpredictable cuts in the supply of water.
After going without water for days on end, the residents are eager to find a solution to a problem that has been affecting their daily lives, and Tala Council is even considering paying a private water provision company to cover the village’s needs.
“There was an extremely good turnout, around 150-200 people, which is really good considering that many people only found out about the gathering yesterday afternoon,” said Dennis Jackson, Secretary of Kamares Village Houseowners’ Association, which has a membership of approximately 500 people. “The demonstration aimed to highlight the problem in Tala, which is asked to survive with only 70 per cent of last year’s water supply,” he added.

Residents of Tala village have been particularly hard hit by the water cuts, with some residents not getting any water for ten consecutive days. Yeroskipou Council yesterday announced that water would be granted to Tala for the Easter holidays, as it will all over Cyprus.

“The situation at Tala is still desperate although there has been some progress as Yeroskipou Council has decided to release some water to Tala for the Easter holiday. This is done purely for the Easter break. However, what will happen after Easter?” Jackson asked.

Jackson lives at Kamares village, which falls under Tala Community Council. Half of Kamares, however, gets its water from a private company, Vista Water, a subsidiary of Leptos Estates. Vista has three privately-owned boreholes in the area, which is used to supply water to half of Kamares.

When Tala Council applied water cuts, these were implemented only in half the village; the other half, supplied by Vista, continues to enjoy an uninterrupted water supply. Tala Council has now turned to Vista Water, asking that they provide water to the rest of the community.

“At the gathering, Tala’s mukhtar asked Leptos representatives to tap into their boreholes and supply water to the rest of Tala. The mukhtar vouched that the water bills would be paid on time. Leptos, however, did not give permission and the reason appears to be a disagreement over payment that dates back to 2001. The mukhtar said he would persevere and talk to the Head Director of Leptos Estates to change his mind.”

As Jackson explained, the residents are not questioning the necessity of water cuts; they are merely asking that a schedule of regimented cuts is announced and implemented.
“The announcement issued on April 3 said that water would be cut every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am until 8am the following day. If they had stuck to that, then everything would have been fine. No one disagreed with the decision and we were all happy to do our bit. However, this was never implemented. The water cuts schedule has not been followed, and the residents have been suffering from long and unpredictable cuts.

“At some point there was no meaningful water for ten days, all we got was dribbles. Today we had some water mainly because Yeroskipou Council has given us some for Easter. Our fear is what will happen after Easter. Worse still, what is going to happen in June, July and August?” Jackson said.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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