The drinking water is on an island, critical, environmental, cultural and ethnographic value. The Greek Society for Environment and Culture has defined twenty water-routes in Aigiali, Katapola, Chora and Kato Meria of Amorgos, giving birth to twenty fountains, wells, cisterns and other traditional buildings and turning them into ‘monuments of water’
‘The traditional structures for water supply and catchment in the island date back from the past century, in some cases even earlier,’ says to the newspaper Eleftherotypia the head of the action, Katerina Chatzikonstantinou, architect and PhD candidate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The program aims to highlight the historical importance of the drinking water for the islands popular culture, encompassing them to ecotourism-nature island routes.
‘They are selected based on the following criteria: be public property, be mostly in use and accessible, require immediate rehabilitation and be evenly distributed on the island so that represente different types’ explains Mrs. Chatzikonstantinou.
‘Moreover, the choice of 20 monuments throughout the island, and the choice of different local working teams for each one had as result the indirectly update and aware as possible peope of the island on the project’ she adds.
The ‘Water Routes‘ program follows the ethnographic study ‘Monument, practices and paths of water’, giving the action a cultural dimension, while the program was implemented in cooperation with the local community of Amorgos.