Severe water shortage in Cyprus

UPDATE (1st June 2008): The Water Board of Limassol has announced that, as of Saturday 31st May 2008, there will be further restrictions to the water supply during the weekend with a reduction of the duration of supply from 36hrs to 24hrs. Also, some areas have moved from Area A to Area B and Vice versa. See below for the timings/area details.
UPDATE(13th Aug 2008). Looks like the water problem in Cyprus has been solved thanks to the innovative solution of an individual. Check it out here.
For the first time in the 6.5 years i have been in Cyprus, nothing happened when i turned on the water tap. There was silence, absolute silence! Okay, it happened once before, but it was because i had forgotten to pay the water bill.
But, this time, I was in the clear. Cyprus is facing its worst ever water shortage in the past few decades. It is so bad that the usually indulgent Cypriots have been forced to accept a rationed water supply with the water coming in only 12 hours every 48 hours.

There are many side effects to this move by the Cypriot Government

  • I am not allowed to practice the 4th doctrine that i learnt from my wife in spite of the fact that I was forced to put it into practice once upon a time. I am surprised as to how the concept of cleanliness can change with a change in the available resources!
  • Many Cypriot teenagers went on a party rally as soon as this scheme was announced. It seems that they no longer have to worry about their moms complaining when they shower with beer instead of water.
  • More and more Cypriots are becoming sea-borne i.e. they go for a dip in the sea for their daily bath as they have used the bathtubs in their houses for storing water.
  • According to an article by Patroclos in the Sunday Mail (Feb 10th, 2008) , people from Paphos are supposed to be small-minded, complex-ridden, self-serving and semi-civilised. It seems that an average Paphite has the inferiority complex that makes him want to prove that he is smarter than the other Cypriots. I don’t know about all these attributes attributed to Paphites, but the people of Paphos are having a ball of time now, laughing their asses off at other Cypriots , because the water cuts are yet to apply to Paphos!
  • In Cyprus, as in many European countries, you may be asked for ID-proof if you are entering a bar after 6 pm. Nowadays, anyone purchasing cans of water have to prove that they are over 18 years old. This is to prevent underage Cypriots from wasting water.
  • The Cypriot police have invented a new apparatus which is used in surprise checks on the roads. This apparatus attaches to the belly of the person and the person is then asked to jump up and down 3 times. This apparatus measures the amount of the water consumed by the person based on the frequency with which the contents inside the belly oscillate. The new laws state that the allowable limit is 427.5 ML of water per hour. The government passed the ruling that it should be 250 ML per hour late last year, but after the Euro conversion everything, including this, got multiplied by a factor of 1.71.

I hope that the water crisis ends soon so that i can wash my car!

On a more serious note, there is really a problem and the government is trying its best to solve it soon. The details below give the days on which a particular area will receive water.

Area Á: (the first three digits of the “Location Number” appearing at the top right-hand side of your water bill)

Water will be supplied during the following days and times:
7pm Tuesday till 7am Wednesday
7pm Thursday till 7am Friday
7pm Saturday till 7am Sunday
Water will be supplied to the following locations: 120, 121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 128, 217, 218, 219, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 317, 318, 319, 928, 930, 931, 932.
These areas are located west of the Garyllis river and include the following locations: Tsiflikoudia, Agios Spyridonas, Zakaki, Agios Antonios, part of the Tjami Tjetit and the refugee settlements Makarios III, Agios Ioannis, Agios Spyridonas, areas of Kato Polemidia, Agios Athanasios (north of the highway) and the communities of Fasoula, Mathikoloni and Cherkes Chiftlik, Agia Napa and part of Katholiki area (south of Navarinou street), Agia Triada area, Neapoli area, Agios Georgios Frangoudi and Sfina area, Apostolou Petrou and Pavlou area, Agios Georgios Havouzas and Tsirio area

Area B: (the first three digits of the “Location Number” appearing at the top right-hand side of your water bill)
Water will be supplied during the following days and times:
7pm Monday till 7am Tuesday
7pm Wednesday till 7am Thursday

7pm Friday till 7am Saturday

Water will be supplied to the following locations: 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 320, 321, 322, 919, 921, 922, 923, 924, 925, 926, 927.
These areas are located east of the Garyllis river and include the following locations: part of the Tjami Tjetit, Agios Georgios, Agia Zoni, Agios Nektarios, Kapsalos, Kontovathkia, Chalkoutsa, Mesa Geitonia, Agios Nikolaos, Ekali, Agia Fyla, Panagia Evaggelistria, Kallithea, Laiki Lefkothea, Panthea, Linopetra, Agios Athanasios (south of the highway), Omonia area, Agios Ioannis and Arnaout area, Monovolikos (south of Pafos street up to the Lemesos industrial area), Apostolos Andreas area

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3 Responses

  1. zoe krylova says:

    i used to live in california where water was often at a shortage. we had a conservation message about flushing the toilet:

    “if it’s yellow, let it mellow. if it’s brown, flush it down.”

    i wish i could send some of our virginia rain (of late) over to cyprus.

  2. Phil says:

    I had to check twice to see if the date of your post was 1st April 2008, when I read about the Police invention you described. LOL.

  3. Marla says:

    CA: Central Valley
    Water “shortage” or secret water “re-routing?!?” Copy and paste links below:

    Also included – facts behind unsolved murder, covered up:

    See how this ties into the above: (MySpace requires free registration)

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