It seems all around Paphos thereâ€™s huge holes being dug in the road.Â Some of it is about improving Paphosâ€™ road system â€“ much of it is about improving Paphosâ€™ drain system.
The drain system in Paphos is being upgraded in a big way.Â Some would say not before time â€“ how is it Paphos doesnâ€™t already have mains drainage?
I get frustrated with the roadworks and diversions so wanted to find out what it’s all about.Â Here’s the facts…
Much of the centre of Paphos was connected up to Phase 1 of the new mains drainage system completed in 2003.Â This project covered the municipal limits of Paphos and cost â‚¬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 â‚¬90m and be completed during 2011/12.
Enhanced health conditions and quality of life
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:
- Itâ€™s mandatory to connect to the drainage system
- Connecting to the drainage system is at your cost.Â 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?
This one isn’t going to be cheap.Â Making the connection will certainly cost hundreds, possibly thousands of Euros.Â
And the ongoing costs amount to 3.75% per annum of the value of your property in 1980.Â
For business premises, you’ll be charged 11% of the property valuation.Â
Meantime, accept the traffic chaos
Meantime, we all just have to put up with the extensive work going on.Â
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 itâ€™ll be wonderful and will bring a final end to smelly septic tanks.