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No water in Anopoli, Sfakia for nearly 2 weeks

by Erno » 07 Jan 2019, 12:15

No water in Anopoli, Sfakia for nearly 2 weeks - 7 January, 2019

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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
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Re: No water in Anopoli, Sfakia for nearly 2 weeks

by Erno » 14 Jan 2019, 17:44

Restoration of water supply in Anopoli - 14 January, 2019

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On Sunday, 13 January, water supply was restored to Anopoli after many days of inconvenience of both the residents and the technical team that tried to repair the damage in very difficult conditions.

The Municipality of Sfakia, through direct actions, tried to address the problem that arose on 30/12/2018, proceeding to supply a new pump station and trying to move machinery and personnel to the point of the broken pumping station.

In order to restore the road network leading to the site, the project was assigned to a private contractor but due to the heavy rainfall and the fact that the road is in a stream, it was unable to complete the work until it was allowed by the weather conditions.

After the accessibility was restored, it was possible to transport the crane and the contractor assigned to the installation. During the works and in particular against the outlet of the pipeline of the pump of the plant, the crane was damaged mechanically, resulting in the work being stopped waiting for transportation of a component from Chania to be repaired.

After the damage was restored, the work related to the exit from the facility was continued, a 420 meters long drain. When the repair, assembly and fitting procedures with the new pump were completed, they were transported from Chania to the location and we proceeded with their installation.

We want to point out the whole effort that has been made since the very first moment to tackle the problem as quickly as possible, it has become the best we could in a human context facing severe weather conditions, technical problems and the nature of the work. Typically, each 6 meter long pipe needs to get unscrewed and screwed by hand.

The Municipality did this before 2.5 years ago, to deal with a similar event, replacing the pump station, and because of the good weather conditions then and the fewer technical problems we were able to solve the problem in a shorter time.

We would like to point out that from the very beginning the present municipal authority has prioritized addressing the problems of water supply in particular in the Anopoli area, where the water supply comes from a single drilling rig that is 420 meters deep and the technicians refer to it as the most difficult of Crete.

In this context, a program contract has been signed with the OAK [Development Agency of Crete], which has secured the financing of 75.000 € from the Region of Crete for the exploitation of Sweet Waters and the location of new drilling and networking from Illingas to Anopoli. Until now OAK, despite our repeated attempts, failed to respond substantially to other demands of the Municipality. Geologist of OAK following a request by the Municipality, recently visited the site where two new drilling spots were located and every effort will be made to license and finance the work of the two new drilling stations, hoping for a positive result that will ensure the water supply of Anopoli but will also be able to contribute water to Chora Sfakion.

We would like to point out that the Municipality, in Pavlos Polakis City Hall, had secured funding for the supply - upgrading of the water supply facilities in Anopoli and while the present municipal authority had received all the legal approvals for the implementation of the project at the Crete service level, it was not considered eligible by the Rural Development Program in 2016, with the result that the funding was lost and the project was not implemented.

From: http://www.sfakia.gr/el/municipality/an ... E%B7%CF%82
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Re: No water in Anopoli, Sfakia for nearly 2 weeks

by Erno » 23 Jan 2019, 14:28

Anopoli again without water - 23 January, 2019

Another problem has come to make it difficult for the inhabitants of Anopoli, who are again left without water.

From Tuesday evening, as the Mayor of Sfakia, Giannis Zervos, says, a problem has been identified in the water pump unit, which is the only one that Anopoli has to be fed with water. This borehole pump had been repaired a few days ago and on 13 January the residents had water again after they had been left for almost two weeks without it.

"The technicians and geologists of OAK came to inspect the drilling, a meeting was held at the Municipality while it is expected within the day to meet again, for our next steps. We have already started the water transfer with the municipal tanker truck, but because it has a capacity of 10 tons and is not enough to meet the needs of the area, there will be cooperation with individuals to transfer larger quantities."

At the same time, Mr. Zervos stressed that all the necessary procedures and controls will be in place in order to find a solution immediately and to avoid further suffering for the inhabitants.

"Twenty years ago, one of Anopoli's water pumps had been closed as the water level was too low, and the same happened now. In any case, we will just pick up the drilling to see where the problem arose and see how we will deal with it. There should be another drilling, however, while two drilling plots have been erected and while funding and program integration have been made, financing was cut in 2016 by the Ministry of Rural Development. Now, in co-operation with the OAS, we will speed up the procedures because this situation can not continue."

From: https://flashnews.gr/post/378107/kai-pa ... -h-anwpolh
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