First step taken to supply potable water for Turkish Cypriots

First anchor block of long-awaited pipeline project to supply water to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is placed underwater.

First step taken to supply potable water for Turkish Cypriots

World Bulletin / News Desk

The first block in a pipeline project to provide water and electricity to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from Turkey has been placed underwater.

When the construction of the pipeline -- billed as "the project of a century" -- is finished, it will carry at least 75 million cubic meters of water to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the Northern Cyprus’s Forestry and Water Affairs Minister Veysel Eroglu said in a statement on Thursday.

The “Century Project” is expected to reduce the cost of electricity and water in Northern Cyprus and supply water for the next 50 years, the statement said.

Dutch ships have been shipping in anchor blocks weighing 220 tonnes each for six months, and the first was placed at night on March 22.

Water shortages

The cost of the dams are close to 80 million Turkish Liras (US$37 million) and the project will supply around 130 million cubic meters of water to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus every year.

The 22km-long pipeline will carry 75 million cubic meters of water from Alakopru Dam to Anamurium Pumping Station, which connects to an undersea pipeline 1km away.

Of the 75 million cubic meters of water, 38 million cubic meters will be used for drinking and the remainder allocated for irrigation.

The pipeline will meet TRNC’s water needs as it has been struggling with water shortages for years, according to the statement.

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