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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Resorts run dry as desalination unit breaks down ]

Resorts run dry as desalination unit breaks down

THOUSANDS of people in the Famagusta District have been left with little or no water after a technical problem at the Dhekelia desalination plant

Ayia Napa and Paralimni Municipalities cut water to residential areas, in an effort to keep tourist establishments unaffected.

According to the plant’s chief, the problem came to light at 3am on Sunday morning and was caused by an unannounced interruption of supply by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus. This is claimed to have caused damage to a vital component in the plant’s electrical system, which has left the entire plant inoperative.

The network is not expected to resume operations until this afternoon, when a replacement component is expected from overseas.

Nevertheless, the plant may still not be running at full capacity until tomorrow.

A partial resumption of the water supply to the affected areas began at lunchtime yesterday, with a gradual increase in water production being ordered at the nearby Tersefanou plant, which receives water from the Kouris Dam.

The Famagusta region receives approximately 40,000 tonnes of water a day from the Dhekelia plant.

State water engineer Zoe Hajivassiliou told state radio that the public should continue to exercise caution with water supplies so the problem is dealt with in the “least painful manner,” while Deputy Mayor of Paralimni George Nikolettis, said that he understood the public frustration with the sudden cuts.

Listeners to Radio Napa reported that Paralimni, Kaparis, Dherinia, parts of Freneros, Ayia Napa suburbs, eastern Protaras and Xylofagou were without water.

Ayia Napa Mayor Antonis Tsokkos sad that it was decided that supply to Ayia Napa and Paralimni be cut from the current 16 hours every two days to four hours.

“What can I say, it’s one bit of bad luck after another, one problem after another,” he said.

He added that Ayia Napa was currently receiving 1,700 tons of water every 24 hours with the town needing an amount closer to 7,000 tons.

The Mayor also said that the situation is starting to affect tourist areas and warned of a tragedy if the situation is not resolved by today.

“We have been suffering from water shortages for many years now but the problem has been exacerbated this time due to the island-wide water crisis.”

The fault could not have come at a worse time, with increased temperatures leading to an increase in the demand for water.

According to local press reports, many Famagusta residents, especially those renting properties, have resorted to trying to take water from the tanks of other residents who are away.

The Larnaca and Dhekelia plants are currently the only two desalination units operating on the island. They produced around 30 million cubic metres last year and supply the Nicosia, Larnaca and Famagusta districts.

The Water Development Department says that plans for an extra three water desalination plants by 2013 will solve the island’s drinking water problem.

On Friday, the Department said that dam capacity across the island currently stands at only 7.7 per cent.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)



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