Cyprus Mail

Water levels in reservoirs reach 20 per cent

Overall water levels in the reservoirs have now reached 20 per cent of capacity, rising by 1.4 per cent in the previous 24 hours, Fedros Rousis, senior engineer at the Water Development Department (WDD), announced on Friday.

According to Rousis, during the first three days of the year a total of 10.3 million cubic metres (mcm) flowed into the reservoirs.

4.1mcm of the water accumulated in the past 24 hours, and another 5.2mcm the day before.

Some of the smaller reservoirs such as Kalopanayiotis, Solea and Klirou-Malounda have reached full capacity, and others are getting close.

Tamassos, which was 82 per cent full on Thursday, reached 88.3 per cent on Friday, Pomos is 82.2 per cent filled and Argaka 84.8.

Yet the biggest of all, Kouris, was just 13.4 per cent full on Thursday, rising to 14.2 per cent on Friday.

The overall level of 20 per cent remains low, though it is hoped that more water will be collected over the coming months.

Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis warned on Thursday that  the public still needs to make every effort to conserve water and stressed the recent sustained rainfall does not resolve the overall problem of water shortages.


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