The Dam of Kouris near Lofou

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End Feb 06, 2011

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Flag of Cyprus  , Limassol,
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I am returning to Larnaca this morning and I have arranged to be picked and driven to Limassol. I don't want to delay at all, as I want to reach home early.

On my previous trip I heard a lot about the nearby dam and the last two days that I am here I could see it in a short distance. It was however not possible for me to walk out there alone.

Andrea the man who drives me to Limassol this morning is willing to help me take some photos and I am thankful to him.

The construction was completed in September 1988, and it is the largest of a network of 107 dams on the island.

Water here is collected by the rivers Kouris, Limnatis and Kyros. Furthermore, water from Diarizos river is diverted to this dam, via a 14.5 km long connecting tunnel.

Andrea tells me that the whole village of Alassa had to be relocated to a nearby site overlooking the reservoir, somewhere between the valley of Kouris and Limnatis. Environmental groups opposed to this construction back then, as they were concerned about the effects of water diversion on the Limassol Salt Lake, - a wetland located downstream to the rivers and used by migratory birds. The dam is part of the Southern conveyor project that carries water from the south west to the south east part of the island, over a distance of 120 km. It provides a water storage volumn of 115 cubic metres.
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