Turkish Forestry and Water Affairs Minister, Veysel Eroglu announced on Friday that Turkey’s pipeline project to provide fresh water to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has brought its first batch of water to the island.
The project called Peace Water is expected to transfer 75 million cubic meters of water in total per annum to the island, which seriously lacks water resources.
Noting that the project is a first in the world, Eroglu said that ‘’Freshwater being taken from the Anamur-Alakopru Dam to Anamurium equalizing tank in southern Turkey and then has been transferred to the Sea Transmission Line in northern Cyprus.”
He added that ‘’With the help of an 80-kilometer sea pipeline and a hanging pipeline which is 250 meters below the surface, a total of 75 million cubic meters of water taken from Mersin’s Alakopru Dam on the Anamur River will be delivered annually to the Geçitkoy Dam near the shores of Kyrenia.’’
He emphasized that the water demand of the islands population, who have been suffering from lack of fresh water will be met.
The Turkish minister also said the project cost around 1.2 billion Turkish Liras (431 million dollars) including the construction costs of the purification plant facilities and distribution pipes.
The project was finalized after last pieces of pipe were installed in August.