New water treatment plant hailed as bi-communal success story

The inauguration of an important bi-communal project takes place in Haspolat, Nicosia on Tuesday.

A special ceremony at the Nicosia Waste Water Treatment Plant will be attended by the mayors of Nicosia, Kadri Fellahoglu and Constantinos Yiorkadjis, Stefan Fule, EU Enlargement Commissioner, Adam Oliver, Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS and plant supervisor Faik Ozyanik. A plaque will be unveiled at the ceremony and olive trees will be watered by treated water from the plant.

The new waste water plant’s budget of 29 million euro was funded in part by the Sewerage Board of Nicosia (70%) and the EU (30%) under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.

In 1980 the plant began operations but by 2003 it was creating environmental problems. An initiative was taken to begin work on a new, state-of-the-art plant in March 2010 which was trialled last June.

The new plant which will serve a population of 270,000 people from both communities and will treat 30 thousand cubic meters of municipal waste water daily, should meet municipal needs for many years.

New technology at the plant employs the use of a membrane system, which is said to be the most advanced technology used in waste water treatment plants in the world and enables treated water to meet EU standards.

A press statement has declared the building of the new water treatment plant as an important example of bi-communal co-operation in Cyprus.

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