A large part of the centre of Carvoeiro (Lagoa) was recently left without water, after a rupture in the mains supply occurred … again. It was the third time a pipe had burst in the town during July. Residents, businesses and tourists were angry that they had to suffer through the heat of the summer without assured access to water.
One local said: “The pipes are old and the rise in consumption at this time of year is too high, which leaves the network unable to cope with the increased pressure.” At the start of last month, some restaurants and other establishments were forced to close due to a burst water main. They were frustrated and furious that there was no water between 3pm and 8.30pm, especially as the tourist season was well underway. Apparently, they were given little support or advice from the câmara’s water department.
Last year Carvoeiro had problems with electricity, and power cuts were common throughout the summer season. Many locals fear that any further problems with the town’s infrastructure may lead to a decline in tourists visiting and staying in the area.