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Action urged to end water woes

THOUSANDS of metres pipes will need to be laid so that every part of the TRNC can receive fresh water from Turkey, officials have urged – almost four years after a pioneering undersea pipeline was completed.

Action urged to end water woes

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By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

A number of villages, particularly those on higher ground in the Girne region, are still experiencing supply problems due to leaks and low pressure despite the Geçitköy reservoir, which receives the water from Turkey, operating at full capacity.

Readers contacting Cyprus Today this week expressed their frustration over the water woes.

Steve Grandini, 69, who lives in Bellapais with wife Sue, 57, said cuts in their water supply had left their tank “more or less empty” for over three weeks.

“We have had very low pressure and complete water cuts . . . for the last three weeks and this has caused us a lot of stress and frustration,” Mr Grandini said.

The couple, who are originally from Wolverhampton in the UK, retired and moved to North Cyprus in 2009 for a “peaceful life”.

“Sometimes no water arrives,” Mr Grandini continued. “We made complaints to our muhtar on Monday, as have our neighbours.

“We don’t understand how, on one hand, this drought-hit country was blessed with water from Turkey, but on the other hand we are still suffering from a lack of it.”

Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördü blamed the recent disruption in Bellapais on a local pump breakdown and an old burst pipe.

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