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Hospital chemicals in Kourris dam water

Waste from the Kyperounta sewage system, along with chemicals dumped by the hospital operating in the community end up in the Kourris dam, which supplies three districts with water (Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca).

More specifically, the dam“feeds”the water refinery in Limassol, which covers the needs of the city and 12 municipalities and communities to the west.

In addition, water from the Kourris dam goes to the refinery in Tersefanou, which covers a large part of the water needs of the Larnaca and Nicosia districts.

It is worth noting that the farmers of Kyperounta do not use the processed water for their watering needs, as they consider the water too polluted to use on their plants.

The subject was brought to the surface by the Municipality leader of Kyperounta, Giorgos Panayiotou.

Speaking before the House Interior Affairs Committee, Panayiotou said that “the processed water from the (Kyperounta) sewage system ends up in the Kourris dam”.

“I want to say it so that everyone knows”, he added.

Asked to elaborate on the issue, Panayiotou said that the Kyperounta sewage system presented problems from its beginning in 2002, but have yet to be resolved”.

Panayiotou added that chemical waste from the Kyperounta hospital is dumped along with the sewage, eventually ending in the sewage treatment plant of the community.

Andreas Manoli, the director the Water Developments Department which manages the dams and is involved in the sewage treatments across the island was shocked to find out that chemicals from the hospital made their way into the water.

He called it “unacceptable”, and said that the sewage treatment stations in Kyperounta should only process sewage from households.

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