No water in Anopoli, Sfakia for nearly 2 weeks - 7 January, 2019
In despair are the inhabitants of Anopoli who have been without water for about two weeks, virtually the whole time of the Christmas, New Year and Epiphany celebrations!
Residents are forced to use bottled water all these days, making washing clothes, bathing, cleaning and all the necessary work extremely difficult, especially when one has small children at home. And these are basic tasks of everyday life for a long time.
The problem arose when the only water pump that operated in the area broke down and had to be replaced. A series of mishaps led to this delay in restoring the damage, according to the mayor of Sfakia, Yannis Zervos.
As Mr. Zervos said:
"As soon as we were informed about the problem, we immediately proceeded to supply a new pump and sent a private contractor to repair the road so that the crane needed for the repair job could be accessed and reach the location. In the first two days it was constantly and unfortunately raining while the repair was flooded, because the location was in a stream, which delayed the repair of the road. When the road repairs was completed, the crane immediately went to the location, although it coincided with public holidays.
The crane went up to pull out the pump which is one of the most difficult tasks because it is deep. Specifically, it is in a 400 meters deep borehole. It has pipes that are screwed one by one and descend to the depth of the water well. Where the crane started to lift the pump to take it out, the crane broke down and the damage was restored, it let down on us for technical reasons not related to us. There is currently a team of 8 people working there, but it is a time-consuming process as part of a pipe network over 400 meters."
God willing, the new pump will be installed tomorrow. But this will only happen if there is no other extraordinary technical problem or weather conditions that can be a problem. Unfortunately for the last factor, weather forecasts are not very encouraging.
As Mr Zervos says: "We have purchased the new pump, I hope tomorrow we will be able to place it. If something is not extreme - because we are talking about technical issues under difficult conditions - maybe tomorrow the pump will be placed and the residents will have water the next day. However, we can not commit to it because there can be any problem of either technical nature or intense weather phenomena. People are right to complain and we thank them for any understanding, but there are special conditions with technical issues that have nothing to do with us."
What is needed, of course, is to ensure the water supply to the area and in the future not to confront the people with the same problem. A site should not be dependable only on one borehole whose repair is time-consuming in the event of a breakdown.
According to the mayor of Sfakia: "There is an attempt to find an alternative drilling location by asking the OAK [Organisation for the Development of Crete] with which we have signed a programmatic planning and licensing of new drilling in places where we have indications that there is water but we should investigate it in order to deal with such problems as a second alternative drilling. We ask the OAK to launch this immediately, because you can not depend on one drilling site."
From: https://flashnews.gr/post/376534/xwris- ... -ebdomades