from 'Cyprus Mail' 9/1/10Hi
I am coming to Cyprus in March and the landlord of the apartment where we will be staying says that Cyprus is currently experiencing a water shortage - is this correct. and does this happen very often
I think my next door neighbor win the prize on this one. Midnight, from inside the house, holds the hose outside the window and hoses down her car!It always annoys me when I see Cypriot women or thier Philpina maids hosing down their drives and even the roads outside their homes when we are doing everything we can to save water.
The stupid thing is that there are some people who are saying that after the heavy rains we had before Christmas we have enough water for 5 years.
What a lot of rubbish, but this is the way the Cypriots think. A week of rain and they think the can use as much water as they like.
How it works here is that in the most badly affected areas water will be cut off every other day. As all houses have water tanks on the roof there is usually enough water in these tanks for essentials until the water is back on. Other areas simply turn down the pressure so that although you get water it is not so easy to waste it.I'm surprised the government uses water cuts as their preferred water saving strategy. Here in South Australia, the driest state in the driest continent on earth, we have lived with water restrictions for a number of years. These water restrictions come in varying degrees, depending on the need. Sometimes it means that one cannot use sprinklers on their lawns or use hoses to wash the car. Other times one can only water the gardens on certain days of the week. At level 5 restrictions no watering at all is allowed. For the most part, people stick to the restrictions, and as a result we have saved a lot of water. Education programs by the government on being water wise have also done their part, as well as rebates for water saving devices and appliances in the home. As a result, myself and most people I know are now water conscious by default. Is there any comparable system in Cyprus, or is the more draconian water-cutting measure the only strategy employed? I would hate to have to live without water when I do the right thing. Water cuts don't seem the best incentive to save water... all stick and no carrot, if you ask me.
Some people talk nonsense don't they?I was absolutely disgusted when I heard that the Cypriot government were planning to build two plants to indiscriminately kill beautiful marine mammals as a byproduct of getting more water!! I know the water shortage is a problem but surely de-sealionation isn’t the answer!
Couldn’t they find a more humane method of getting water? Like big plastic sheets in the desert with stones in the middle that drip into an old baked bean can?