Studies are underway to construct a pipeline to transfer recycled water from the Mia Milia water treatment plant, located in the north, to the south, the acting head of the Water Development Department (WDD) Andreas Manoli said on Thursday.
According to media reports in the north, the Greek Cypriot side had requested use of the water coming from the treatment plant in the Mia Milia / Haspolat area of Nicosia, but there is no infrastructure at the moment.
Officials in the south, however, said that this is part of the agreement signed between representatives of the two Nicosia municipalities, in the south and north, as to the treatment of waste water and distribution of recycled water for irrigation purposes.
According to the deputy head of the Nicosia Sewerage Board (NSB), Savvas Hadjineocleous, the Mia Milia water recycling treatment plant is a joint bi-communal project, agreed by former Nicosia mayors, Michalis Zampelas in the south and Kutlay Erk in the north, in the early 2000s. Subsequent mayors re-confirmed the agreement.
The Nicosia Bi-communal Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Mia Milia / Haspolat, is the largest waste water treatment plant in Cyprus and one of the largest facilities using Membrane Bioreactor Technology, state-of-the-art waste water treatment technology, in the world. The plant is said to treat an average flow of 30,000 cubic metres per day.
The plant, is one of the three water treatment plants that serve Nicosia in the south, along with those of Anthoupolis and Vathia Gonia. The Mia Milia plant serves the municipal areas of Nicosia, Ayios Dometios, Engomi, parts of Strovolos municipality, and part of the occupied area of Nicosia.
An older plant was in its place, Hadjineocleous said, which received sewerage water from those areas but recycled water was not used, mainly due to the fact that the technology the plant was using, was outdated and the water quality was bad.
“The water the new unit produces, which is to be used for irrigation needs, is of excellent quality,” Hadjineoclous said.
“A few years ago, when the plant was expanded, there was an agreement for the Greek Cypriot side to pay 70 per cent of the costs, and for the Turkish Cypriot side to pay 30per cent, and that they would give us 70 per cent of the water,” Manolis said.
However, there is no infrastructure to transfer the water at the moment.
“Studies are underway for the construction of a pipeline to transfer the water to the south,” Manolis said. “Construction is expected to begin in about a year”.