Меньше воды для Никосии.
К Жаклин Theodoulou
Столица Кипра получит на 35% меньше воды из-за праздника Исход.
Capital to get 35% less water in face of holiday exodus
NICOSIA WILL be getting less water over the next few days in order to assist coastal towns and resorts over the holiday period. Protaras has already faced severe water shortages in the last few days due a surge in visitors ahead of the August 15 break.
Deputy head of the Nicosia Water Board, Pantelis Panteli, yesterday explained that it was only fair to supply bigger quantities of water to the areas that would need it the most. Cuts in the capital he said would reach 35 per cent over the holiday period.
"The supply to Nicosia has already been reduced as much as it could," said Panteli. "Our consumption today is around 40,000 cubic metres daily. Until last Sunday we were consuming around 44,000 cubic metres, the rest is being sent to the areas where there are bigger needs. Otherwise, we continue maintain the programme that was initially designed."
The problem in Protaras is partially being dealt with, by the supply of bigger amounts of water from Nicosia, the town's mayor Andreas Evangelou said yesterday.
Water cuts will continue for Paralimni residents, he added, and attempts would be made to satisfy tourism needs.
At the same time, he called on locals to be careful with water consumption.
"We thank the Water Department," said Evangelou. "We continue with the same water cuts. In our area we have had a dramatic increase in residents.
"I can safely say that half of Nicosia is now in Protaras. We are trying to meet these needs."
He said there were still cuts taking place in the early hours of the morning, even in the tourist areas.
"We are trying not to make cuts in the tourism areas, but it's difficult to give 24-hour supply."
In Larnaca, where large quantities of water were lost on Tuesday after a central water pipe burst, the head of its water board Sophocles Christodoulides said he hoped the transportation of water from Greece would help deal with the situation.
"Unfortunately a lot of water was wasted. We have gradually started making up for it," he said yesterday.
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