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EU-Funded project to replace asbestos pipes in Nicosia Sewer Network begins


Funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a project to replace three sections of the critical Nicosia sewer network, known as “Trunk E,” is set to commence.
According to a press release from the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, the project marks a vital step towards ensuring the health and safety of all Nicosians.

The replacement works will take place in three sections: The town, the UN Buffer Zone, and the eastern section extending to the Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The works will start in the town section where “Trunk E” is 846 meters long. This is the area comprising of the part of Mehmet Akif Avenue (Dereboyu) from the beginning of Kumsal Park to the end of the shopping mall (the turn to Gültekin Şengör Street).

The contract for the town section amounts to approximately EUR 1 million.

These works are scheduled to take place between 15 June and 15 September 2024. This phase is critical to mitigating immediate risks and ensuring the uninterrupted operation of Nicosia’s wastewater management system.

Ms Judit Rozsa, Acting Director-General for Structural Reform Support at the European Commission stated that “these works are critical to safely bring wastewater generated by all the people of Nicosia to the bicommunal Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant, where it can be properly treated. Both the sewerage network and the Wastewater Treatment Plant are evidence of a good partnership between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots for almost 40 years. The European Commission is pleased to support this joint effort, which facilitates the reunification of Cyprus”.

“The replacement of the Nicosia Trunk E sewer network is a crucial infrastructure project for the whole of Nicosia benefiting both communities”, said Jakhongir Khaydarov, Head of UNDP Cyprus.

“It demonstrates our commitment to improving the well-being of the people of Nicosia and supports Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, aligning with the UN Charter”.

Originally constructed in 1986 as a bicommunal initiative, the Nicosia Trunk E sewer was built with asbestos pipes.

In 2000, a 2 km section of the sewer was replaced due to pipe deterioration. Now, after over 30 years of service, the remaining original asbestos sections are in a critical condition, with portions of the network collapsing. While some emergency repairs have been undertaken, 4,200 meters of pipes need replacement to prevent potential hazards.

The collaborative effort between the European Union and UNDP underscores the importance of sustainable infrastructure development and the protection of public health. This project will not only replace deteriorating pipes, but will also enhance the resilience and reliability of Nicosia’s sewer network for future generations.

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