Agriculture and Natural Resources Minister Dursun Oguz, said “we met Turkish officials, the leak occurred yesterday, the valves were closed, and we will troubleshoot problems within two months”.
However, the pipe lies 250 meters below the sea, but weather permitting it should be possible to make repairs within two months, he said. A section of the 80-kilometre high-density polyethylene suspended pipeline conveying water from Mersin to Cyprus had “snapped” at a point “five miles out to sea from Anamur, Turkey”, Water Works department head Tarkan Çeki confirmed. A section of the pipeline was visible from the air.
Meanwhile, following torrential downpours, the Geçitköy reservoir is full. It contains 20 million cubic meters of water which will supply the country for 10 months, the agricultural minister said.