EXCLUSIVE by Eloise Horsfield
AN expat is being forced to fork out nearly €3,000 relocating to the coast for the summer after her water supply dried up.
Jennifer Knowles, 34, has been left without water for weeks after Coin Town Hall failed to provide for her.
This is despite the Irish expat paying the town hall €1,500 to be put on the grid six years ago.
“For half the year, the supply of water is fine, but last summer was a nightmare,” explained Knowles, a social media specialist, who lives in the hamlet of La Carreta.
“Since this Easter we have had around 60 days without water and we have been lucky to get our 3,000 litre tank filled once a week.
“It normally gets to the stage where we have to eat out or buy plastic plates and utensils to avoid washing up.
“We are also having to farm out our washing and showers are a big no-no, so you can imagine how much we are enjoying the current heat.”
She continued: “The worst thing is, despite not getting any water your bills don’t get any cheaper because there is still a standard charge.”
But Dubliner Knowles, who moved to Spain 13 years ago, says complaints to the town hall have been ignored.
There have even been protests at the town hall involving a group of neighbours in a similar predicament.
“I have got nowhere,” she said. “When you complain they say there is not a problem. We feel like they treat us like idiots.”
Antonia Sanchez from Coin Town Hall’s water department initially tried to insist there was no problem and that all the area’s meters were full.
She tried to fob it off on the Guardia Civil’s 24-hour plumber before admitting: “La Carreta is a rural area that is beyond the town hall’s normal water coverage.
“All those who are signed up are aware of that.
“The town hall cannot provide water 24 hours a day, with the correct pressure, for those houses outside the main network.”