Contracts were signed on Monday for the construction of a new water reservoir for Larnaca Water Board that will be erected at a cost of €3.7m and be completely financed by the EU’s recovery and resilience fund.

The new facility, made of reinforced concrete, will have a storage capacity of 10,000 cubic metres.

The project also provides for new piping, flow metres and other equipment, among other. It will be erected at Klavdia where the water board has its other storage facilities.

The water board said that completion of the new reservoir will double its storage capacity and allow for the constant supply of water to Larnaca consumers for at least 24 hours should the water development department interrupt supply to the board.

“The interruption of water supply is possible in a country with endemic water scarcity where drought is a rule rather than the exception and where the supply of drinking water relies primarily on desalination plants,” it said.

The water board added that the investment will facilitate it to adapt to and mitigate the impact of climate change, as it increases the ability to provide consumers with water in the event of extreme weather phenomena such as floods, storms and drought and contributes to achieving the EU’s climate targets for 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050.