All water restrictions in Cyprus have been lifted following the wettest winter for six years leaving the island’s dams 66% full.
Reservoirs are now at 66 per cent capacity with 192 million cubic metres from a total capacity of 291 million cubic metres after a wetter than average December, January and February in which 104 million cubic metres flowed into the reservoirs.
This winter’s rain (December 2009 to February 2010) was more than twice that of winter 2008/09 and nearly eight times as much as the previous winter of 2007/08.
Every time its been raining this winter people have been saying how good it is and “We need the water”. At last, thankfully, we’ve got enough.
Nicos Nicodemou, Deputy Director at the Water Development Board, has confirmed the water cuts will be lifted permanently.
He added that, with the near completion of a fifth desalination plant near Paphos, Cyprus should have enough water to last until the end of 2011. Next year the Electricity Authority of Cyprus will complete a desalination plant in Akrotiri.
Nicos Zambakides, Head of the Nicosia Water Board, said: “The government has made the right decision, as long as the customers recognise that they need to conserve water. Our plea to customers is to save as much as possible.”