Much of 'greater Paphos' is a series of closed roads and traffic diversions. It's all for the new drainage system.

Much of 'greater Paphos' is a series of closed roads and traffic diversions. It's all for the new drainage system.

It seems all around Paphos there’s huge holes being dug in the road.  Some of it is about improving Paphos’ road system – much of it is about improving Paphos’ drain system.

The drain system in Paphos is being upgraded in a big way.  Some would say not before time – how is it Paphos doesn’t already have mains drainage?

I get frustrated with the roadworks and diversions so wanted to find out what it’s all about.  Here’s the facts…

Two phases

Much of the centre of Paphos was connected up to Phase 1 of the new mains drainage system completed in 2003.  This project covered the municipal limits of Paphos and cost €45m.

The work currently in progress is Phase 2 and extends the mains drainage system to cover the remaining areas of Paphos, the municipality of Geroskipou and the communities of Chlorakas, Kissonerga, Empa, Lempa, Acheleia, Koloni and Konia.

This second phase of the Paphos drainage system is expected to cost a further €90m and be completed during 2011/12.

Enhanced health conditions and quality of life

Some of the trenches for the pipes for the new drain system go down a very long way - up to eight metres in places.

Some of the trenches for the pipes for the new drain system go down a very long way - up to eight metres in places.

The benefits of the new drainage system are:

  • Healthy environment
  • Clean streets
  • Clean sea
  • Clean beaches
  • Avoid unpleasant odours
  • Minimise traffic problems due to rain
  • Avoid environmental pollution
  • Provision of water for irrigation
  • Preservation of groundwater resources
  • Conservation and development of tourism
  • Upgrading of road infrastructure

How do houses and businesses connect to the new drain system?

The two key points are:

  • It’s mandatory to connect to the drainage system
  • Connecting to the drainage system is at your cost.  To connect to the drainage system you need to employ one of the recognised and approved contractors and get them to do the work.

The full process is described on the Sewerage Board of Paphos website.

What will it cost?

Some of the sewage chambers go down a very long way too.  Be careful - already people have fallen in with tragic consequences

Some of the sewage chambers go down a very long way too. Be careful - already people have fallen in with tragic consequences

This one isn’t going to be cheap.  Making the connection will certainly cost hundreds, possibly thousands of Euros. 

And the ongoing costs amount to 3.75% per annum of the value of your property in 1980. 

For business premises, you’ll be charged 11% of the property valuation. 

Meantime, accept the traffic chaos

Meantime, we all just have to put up with the extensive work going on. 

Areas of Chlorakas, Kissonerga and Empa are very difficult to get around at the moment because of the road closures and diversions.

But in the end it’ll be wonderful and will bring a final end to smelly septic tanks.

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