Planetark.org, April 22, 2008
Reservoirs are dangerously low and the crisis has forced emergency water rationing and sped up plans by
"We are looking at many options to find conclusive solutions to this issue," Polinikis told reporters.
Cypriot authorities signed a contract on Monday with a local shipping company to start water imports. An estimated 8 million cubic metres of water will be imported by November.
"We will start transporting water from
The Mediterranean island introduced water rationing in late March, slashing water supplies to households.
Running water to refill tanks is available for 12 hours every two days, but there have been widespread reports of erratic cuts, leaving households without water for up to five days. Hospitals have borne the brunt of water cuts.
Official records show rainfall in
Rainfall was minimal in the past winter, with an inflow of 18.4 million cubic metres of water, the lowest in a decade.