WATER from Turkey has reached the north through the underwater pipeline, Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroglu announced on Friday.
The 80km long pipeline located 250 metres underwater, is expected to transfer 75 million cubic meters of water per year from the Alakopru dam in Mersin to the receptor station built in Kyrenia.
The project, that cost more than €500m, was completed last month. The water will be sent to the dam built especially in Panagra and a network of pipes will distribute the water to all regions in the north, through a treatment plant in Myrtou.
Eroglu said that the project is the first of its kind in the world and called it “the project of the century”.
The Turkish minister had announced earlier in the year that initially the water would be distributed in Nicosia until the pipes network is completed and that by the end of the year, water would be distributed throughout the north of the island.