Several Greek islands like Aegina, in the Saronic Gulf, suffer from water shortage and are provisioned by tankers. With its 743 inhabitants (according to the 2001 census), Perdika is a beautiful small fishing village, 9km south of Aegina town. Twice a week during the winter and twice a day during summer tourist season, a tanker boat provide 600m2 of drinking water from the mainland to the village.
See the WS with a full view of the boat
Last summer, water shortages have hit much of Greece, particularly the Aegean islands. The main tourist season coincides with the dry summer period. Several islands in the Cyclades group, including Paros, Milos and Tinos, have imposed restrictions to maintain reserves until ships carrying water arrive from Attica.
Sources pointed out that the region had similar water problems in 2001 and 2002 but government officials have done little to provide improved storage facilities. “The money that had been spent on transporting water in the last two years was enough for the creation of desalination units on every island,” said Cyclades Prefect Dimitris Bailas. The only way the islands can be independent, he said, would be to acquire their own desalination units. A few Aegean islands, like Mykonos and Santorini, have such plants, but others are building their own.
An estimated €24 million, or $33 million, for infrastructure projects was released to the islands earlier 2007 but paperwork had prevented it from being spent.
The problem of dwindling water resources is not limited to the islands: Greece is one of the driest countries in Europe. Sources pointed out wasteful agricultural practices and outrageous plans to create golf courses and swimming pools when water tanks are running dry.
Sources: International Herald Tribune and Ekathimerini
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rbassin (16458) 2008-01-31 11:25
Une superbe prise de vue, l'angle donne une belle perspective.
J'aime bien ce premier plan avec ces tuyaux et vannes.
burzum (1020) 2008-01-31 13:12
this is a nicely composed photo with a note to help. bravo Catherine :)
azaf1 (15929) 2008-02-01 1:56
Vivid colors great perspective created by the pipeline and great clarity and light
stelli (2993) 2008-02-01 11:37
Nice theme! My hamble opinion is that I like the WS photo better! :) It has an excellent POV and the colors are very real! Thank you for sharing! Regards Stella
LamCam (3603) 2008-02-06 13:45
I like the simple, strong, composition in this shot, also the limited range of colours. A very interesting subject and notes. I am following the development of plans for desalination units with interest (mainly through Ekathemerini) The promotion of Spanish and Portugese style golfing resorts in areas such as the western Peloponnese does seem a great mistake to me, and not only for reasons of water consumption. They may well destroy the very things that attract visitors to such areas of Greece. Careful improvement of roads and facilities in existing villages might be of larger benefit - but I am not a property developer!
Best wishes Maggie
- Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) (4864)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S, Hoya 58mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-31 11:13