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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 […]