November 17th, 2018

Last Paphos dam overflows

With Mavrokolymbos Dam brimming over early on Sunday, for the first time ever, all of the Paphos district's dams have overflowed this past winter.

The first dam to overflow was Argaka in mid January, followed by Pomos a day later and Arminou a few days after that.Asprokremmos ran over on January 26 and then Kannaviou two days later. These were followed by the dams of Ayia Marina, Evretou and now Mavrokolymbos.

Vassos Socratous, a district engineer for the Water Development Department, said the past winter saw one of the biggest inflows of water into the island's dams.

"This is the first time that all of Paphos' dams have overflowed and we must take advantage of this and carve out a proper policy, so that we don't find ourselves facing unpleasant situations like in the past," said Socratous, referring to the 2008 drought that led to regular water cuts and water being imported from Greece.

"We must remain grounded on the water issue; use it where it is needed," said Socratous. "The fact that all of our districts' dams have overflowed doesn't mean that we must start wasting water."

Source: Cyprus Mail