'Dimitra' - Hydra's Retired Water Boat

 

Written by Kelsey Edwards 5th May 2014

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While the word hydra would suggest water, the natural water supply for Hydra Island, hasn't been sufficient for the needs of the population for centuries. Back in the 1800's, the administrators of the island had wells engineered and a few, such as the enormous ones at the top of Miaoulis Street, still provide those who have the energy to collect it, with fresh drinking water. However, seismic movement disturbed the structures and many of the wells were contaminated. So to provide drinkable water, more recent administrations along with the Church, operated a water boat, the 'Dimitra', to bring fresh water from the mainland delivering it into the island's water system on a daily basis. This operation continued for a number of decades until, in 2014, Hydra became the first Greek island to commission a desalination plant which now efficiently uses our natural resources, processing seawater to produce very good drinking and cooking water in abundance.

 

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