Turkish Cypriot Republic to Open Tender for Water Works

The breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in northern Cyprus will soon open bids for the distribution of water through a 480-kilometer (300-mile) network, Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency said today, citing officials.

Turkey started construction three months ago on a pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea to supply fresh water to northern Cyprus. The 107-kilometer (67-mile) pipeline will run from Alakopru dam near Anamur on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey to a dam that will be built in Gecitkoy in northern Cyprus.

“God willing, we will be able to provide fresh drinking water to our people with the help of Turkey in 2014,” Anatolia quoted Ali Cetin Amcaoglu, agriculture and natural resources minister of the self-declared Turkish Cypriot state, as saying.

When done, the Turkish pipeline could also supply water to the southern Greek Cypriot side should the island be unified, the Turkish government has said. The line is designed to carry 75 million cubic meters (19.8 billion gallons) of water a year.

The construction of part of the pipeline in Cyprus between Guzelyurt and Gecitkoy has begun and authorities plan to open a tender soon to upgrade the water distribution network in 2013 to prevent piracy and losses, he said.

Amcaoglu said the laying of underwater pipelines will take about three months, with the work starting when weather is suitable, according to Anatolia. Cyprus has been divided between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkish-held north since 1974.

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