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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.
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Water shortage
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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