When rain falls in Cyprus, it immediately floods news headlines. The water-scarce Mediterranean island is hoping to ease water cuts to households in the summer, after wet weather this year has partially refilled water reservoirs.
A year after the government on the volcanic island ordered emergency water rationing in the face of prolonged water drought, water boards and farmers are lobbying for more lenient water restrictions in 2009.
Although recent wet weather has partially quenched the island’s thirst, it has not been enough to blot out “more than two years of drought,” according to The Cyprus Weekly. Water cuts will continue at a minimized duration at best, as the latest rain clouds have not prompted the Cypriot government to rule out the country’s complete independence from rainfall.
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Source: The Cyprus Weekly
, a Bulgaria native, is a Chicago-based reporter for Circle of Blue. She co-writes The Stream, a daily digest of international water news trends.
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