The church bell rang and all the village residents rushed to prevent technical teams deployed from the Water Company units from installing devices measuring water consumption in the fist houses of the village.
Water for the village of Xylopariko by Trikala in Central Greece comes from own fountains in the Koziaka mountain and they do not need to pay extra for water, the locals said. The village is situated at an altitude of 450 m on the mountain.
All households pay a fixed fee twice a year and they want the keep the same status.
Authorities in the broader municipality had taken relevant decision last year and the locals had opposed it form the very first time.
The village chairman asked the water company teams to not proceed with the installation works until final decision between the Xilopariko community and the municipality has been taken.
Police units came to the village to restore order. trikalavoice