According to figures released today on the website of the Water Development Department, reservoir storage today stands at 40.3% of capacity.
Last week we reported on the current water capacity in our Dams, which was at 28.3%. Yesterday it had risen to 31.1% and incredibly today the the amount is at 40.3%. This is a huge rise, in the last recorded 24 hour period 26,885 Million Cubic Metres of water has flowed into the dams. This is a new record, the last one being 23MCM in 1989. It is worth nting that the current level in the dams is higher than at any point last year, on this day last year they stood at only 13.9%. There is still more to flow into them…
The current combined total water stored in the resevoirs is 117,182 MCM (Million Cubic Metres), or 40.3% of capacity, which is almost three times the amount this time last year when the figure was 40,495MCM, or 13.9%. It is also higher than the maximum storage for 2018 which was recorded on 4th April at 68.617 MCM.
The statistics show that of the 18 reservoirs on the list, six are currently at 100% capacity and are overflowing. Admittedly these are the smaller dams at Arminou and Argaka, Mavrokolympos and Pomos in Paphos District and Kalopanagiotis and Xyliatos dams in Nicosia District.. At present three of the other smaller dams have current levels at between 64.4% and 89.6% of capacity.
The three largest dams, responsible for the majority of our water storage, are Kouris (Total Capacity 115,000 MCM), Asprokremmos (Total Capacity 52,375 MCM) and Evretou (Total Capacity 24,000 MCM). Kouris’ current storage is at 28.7% (33,046 MCN) on the same day last year it stood at only 8%. Asprokremmos is at 57.5% (30,102 MCM) compared to the 19.2% recorded for the same day last year and Evretou is at 55.3% (13,260 MCM) compared to the 29.2% recorded for the same day last year.
All three of these dams’ current storage is greater than their highest recorded levels for 2018, which were: Kouris, 20,025 MCM on 6th March 2018, Asprokremmos 15,301 MCM on 16th March 2018 and Evretou, 10,423 MCM on 12th April 2018.