Kouris Dam

Kouris Dam

Kouris dam is the largest of the dams in Cyprus.

At 250m above sea level it collects the water from the rivers Kouris, Limnatis and Kryos. Water from Diarizos river is also diverted to Kouris dam via a 14.5 km long tunnel.

The dam is located 15 Km northwest of the city of Limassol and 6 Km north of the village of Ypsonas. For its construction the whole village of Alassa had to be relocated to a nearby site overlooking the reservoir (between the Kouris and Limnatis valleys) at a cost of around CYP£5,000,000.Its construction was opposed by environmental groups concerned about the effects of water diversion on the Limassol Salt Lake, a wetland located downstream to the rivers and used by migratory birds including large flocks of flamingoes.

The dam has a water storage volume of 115 million cubic metres.The construction of the dam was first proposed by the Cyprus Water Development board in 1968. Following several feasibility studies the contract for its construction was awarded to a consortium in January 1984.Construction was completed in September 1988. It was officially inaugurated by the then president, George Vassiliou, on 22 April 1989.Since its construction it has only overflowed once, on March 4, 2004.

Update

All Cyprus dams overflowed spring 2012 after a ver wet winter and heavy snowfall in the mountains

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