Cyprus Mail

Water reserves at 27 per cent

The desalination plant at Dhekelia

Reservoir levels are at 27 per cent compared with 54 per cent at the same time last year, Water Development Department senior officer Andreas Manoli told the Cyprus News Agency on Friday.
Manoli said despite the fact that a need may arise for restricting water used for irrigation purposes, there would be no problem as regards drinking water due to the adequate capacity of desalination plants.
He said water inflow to the reservoirs had been minimal this winter.
“Total dam storage levels are at 27 per cent compared to 54 per cent last year at the same time”, he said.
Storage levels connected to the southern pipeline, which services all districts apart from Paphos stand at 16 per cent compared to 45 per cent last year, Manoli added.
It rained in coastal areas and the western plain of Mesaoria but rainfall was not sufficient in the mountains.
He said that if there wasn’t enough rainfall in the months of January, February and March it would mean that desalination plants would have to work constantly to provide drinking water and that there might even have to be certain restrictions as regards the use of water for irrigation purposes.
These decisions would be taken in March ne added.
“We start discussing various scenarios from March 10 onwards when it is evident how much rainfall we have had and finalise things by the end of March.” (CNA)

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