Cyprus

New reservoir to double Larnaca water board’s storage capacity

Contracts were signed on Monday for the construction of a new water reservoir for Larnaca Water Board that will be erected at a cost of €3.7m and be completely financed by the EU’s recovery and resilience fund.

The new facility, made of reinforced concrete, will have a storage capacity of 10,000 cubic metres.

The project also provides for new piping, flow metres and other equipment, among other. It will be erected at Klavdia where the water board has its other storage facilities.

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Desalination plant evacuated near Kouris river – Cyprus

Disaster was averted last week after the Sovereign Base Area Police and its partners from within the Republic of Cyprus managed to divert the overflowing Kouris river away from the nearby desalination plant, potentially saving lives and averting an environmental issue.

The police were called last Wednesday by the general manager of the plant who reported the water from the overflowing Kouris Dam had caused the river to rise to three metres in some places and was on a direct collision course with the plant.

At the time, the plant contained 17 members of staff and many tonnes of the chemical, chloride, which was now under threat.

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As reservoirs fill, desalination plants go into overdrive – Cyprus

It’s been the rainiest January in 30 years with water pouring into the island’s reservoirs, yet rather than this being an opportunity to decrease dependence on costly and environmentally unsustainable desalination plants, by Friday we were raising their operation to full capacity.

As the torrential rainfall that marked the first half of the week caused a number of island’s reservoirs to overflow, it also brought about violent seas which led to the obstruction of the desalination plant systems, resulting in water cuts on Thursday and Friday by the Larnaca and Nicosia water boards.

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Most areas to have water restored Friday morning, Paphos region on Saturday (Updated) – Paphos

The protracted torrential rain may have fed the island’s reservoirs with much-needed water but even as skies cleared on Thursday, many areas islandwide have been left without water.

Cuts were imposed in Nicosia, Larnaca, Famagusta on Thursday as turbulent seas caused by recent storms affected systems at the Larnaca desalination plant, leaving the Nicosia and Larnaca water boards with limited stocks.

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Cyprus urgently needs solar desalination.-Cyprus

Another year, another drought, reservoirs less than a quarter full, water being rationed. This is not a one off. Due to climate change it is a process that has become quite frequent around the East Med and in Cyprus.

The recent climate change conference organised by the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia in May, concluded that without arresting climate change, the average temperature in the Eastern Mediterranean will rise steadily, and if the world carries on as usual it is expected to exceed 4°C by the end of the century.

Generally, the region is expected to have much drier, warmer conditions and prolonged periods of high temperatures and droughts, more frequent fires, as well as increased pollutants and dust in the atmosphere with negative impacts on air quality and health.

Does that sound familiar? It is in fact something we are experiencing already.

 

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Residents in Paphos face the possibility of severe water shortages if there is little rain this winter as plans to construct a new desalination plant for the district continue to move at a sluggish pace.

Paphos facing big drought threat

Unexpected ‘technical difficulties’ have delayed the invitation of tenders for the creation of the new plant in Kouklia leaving the district at the mercy of Mother Nature. Paphos will go thirsty if it doesn’t rain this coming winter while 2019 will be extremely difficult and the district’s water needs will only be met with strict water restrictions. The delays will affect the entire process which foresaw a contractor ready to start in 2018. It is now expected that the services will only be in a position to invite for tenders at that time.

If immediate solutions are not found, the delays will surpass the six months which means that the desalination plant will only be operational in the winter of 2019 leaving the district in dire straits.

Sources have indicated that it is possible for the problems to be circumvented due to political will and due to the seriousness of the situation is sure to involve everybody involved to settle the matter and to circumvent time-consuming procedures. An existing temporary desalination plant was licenced to operate until November 2013 and dismantling started in April after much delay and had drawn strong criticism from locals and farmer’s organisations in the area.

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Desalination plant labour strike called off

A labour strike at the Episkopi desalination plant was called off following a meeting between union representatives and Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou. Discussions between workers, management and the Ministry to find an agreement between the conflicting parties were effective says the Labour Ministry in an announcement.

The union representatives met with Emilianidou on Wednesday afternoon, and went on to diffuse the strike actions announced at the desalination plant in Episkopi, Limassol’s main water source.

The desalination plant supplies 80% of the city’s water on any given day, however the government can channel water from other sources, such as dams for instance. There was no possibility of water cuts, confirmed a union representative.

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Workers on strike at desalination plant – Cyprus

Workers at the Episkopi desalination plant in Limassol said on Tuesday they will continue indefinitely the strike they launched a week ago, until their employer honours what had been agreed last year.

The strike began on May 30 after negotiations between the workers’ unions – PEO and SEK – and the company operating the desalination plant on employment terms fell through.

The around 20 workers at the Episkopi desalination plant had also gone on strike last year after they had said that their employer, Limassol Water Co Ltd, refused to grant them a collective agreement to safeguard their rights. The strike, that lasted a week, had ended after an agreement was achieved with mediation by the labour ministry.

But the unions said that the company did not honour that agreement.

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