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Historical Overview

1965

  • Establishment of the Larnaka Water Board.
  • Drilling two boreholes in the Tremithos and Alethriko riverbeds, yielding 5,000 m3 per day.
  • Construction of water reservoirs of capacity 1,800 m3.
  • Installation of the main water pipeline of diameter 380mm from the water reservoirs to the city.

1966

  • Construction of additional water reservoirs of capacity 900 m3
  • Installation of the main pipeline, ring type, for water distribution in the city.
  • Extension of the main pipeline, of diameter 380 mm, North of the city until the oil tanks.

1967

  • Replacement of the water distribution network in the city and all house connections.
  • Replace all “sakkorafia” (a measure of water) with water meters.
  • Extension of the main pipeline, of diameter 380 mm, North of the city until the Sovereign British Bases (Dhekelia Garrison).

1977

  • Completion of the construction of new water reservoirs of capacity of 8,000 m3
  • Improvement/replacement of the network and installation of water meters in the former Turkish_Cypriot quarters of Larnaka.

1983

  • Cooperation with Commercial Banks and Cooperative Societies for the collection of water bills on behalf of the Water Board.

1985

  • Introduction of a system for monitoring and locating leaks from the water supply pipe network.

1986

  • The billing system was computerized.

1989

  • Construction of the Water Board’s self-owned Office Building.

1990

  • Adoption of an automatic bills payment system via Commercial Banks and Cooperative Societies.

1991

  • Installation of a new water pipeline, of diameter 700 mm, from the water reservoirs to the Kamares area.
  • Installation and operation of a Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition System of the water supply network.

1995

  • Use of handheld devices for the recording of water consumptions.
  • Digitization of property development plans and topographical maps with all the information concerning the water supply network.

1998

  • Study for the improvement / upgrade / extension / rehabilitation of the water supply System.

2002

  • Design of a prototype information technology platform for the Water Board in collaboration with the University of Cyprus.
  • Extensionof the main water pipeline, of diameter 700 mm, from the Kamares area until the Larnaka-Nicosia and Larnaka-Limassol road junction.

2003

  • Introduction of audio-electronic equipment systems for monitoring and detecting unreported leaks.
  • Installation of a main water pipeline, South of the city, of diameter 150 mm, from the Makenzy area to Spyros Beach through the Larnaka airport premises.

2004

  • Installation of a new billing system.

2006

  • Completion of the installation of a new main water pipeline, of diameter 500 mm, from the Larnaka - Nicosia and Larnaka – Limassol road junction until the Larnaka Port (General Timayia Avenue).
  • Completion of an occupational risk assessment study and development of a comprehensive safety management system.

2007

  • Preparation of the Water Board for the adoption of the euro after Cyprus' accession in the EMU from 1-1-2008.
  • Development of the Water Board Website.

2008

  • Transition from the Cyprus Pound to the Euro.
  • Implementation of a study to evaluate the advantages/disadvantages of a possible merger of the Larnaka Water Board with the Larnaka Sewerage & Drainage Board.
  • Completion of the replacement of the main water pipeline, of diameter 300 mm, along the Larnaka-Dhekelia road from the Livadia roundabout up to the Nautical Club.
  • Division of the Larnaka network area in new smaller zones (total 21)

2009

  • Renovation / refurbishment of the reception area at the Water Board’s offices.
  • Installation of a fire detection and alarm system in the offices of the Water Board.
  • Replacement of the water meter recording system with modern portable handheld computers.

2010

  • Installation of a Closed Circuit Surveillance System system in the Water Board’s offices.
  • Completion of the replacement of the main water pipeline, of diameter 300 mm, along the Larnaka-Dhekelia road from the Port roundabout until the Livadia roundabout.

2011

  • The Water Board is awarded with the Business Excellence EFQM "Committed to Excellence in Europe” Certification.
  • Upgrade / expansion of the Board’s existing Surveillance, Control and Data Acquisition System.
  • Completion of a study of the current water network and future needs and development of hydraulic models and geographic information system (GIS).
  • Replacement/upgrade of existing accounting software system (accounting, warehouse, payroll and fixed assets).

2013

  • Impairment of the Water Board’s deposits with the Banks of Cyprus and Laiki
  • Pilot application of the walk-by smart metering technology
  • Establishment of the Cyprus Association of Water and Sewerage Boards

2014

  • Introduction of a GPS fleet management system
  • Feasibility study for the application of Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology
  • Award of the Water Board with the Green Public Procurement award for purchases in the category of computer equipment and household electrical appliances

2015

  • Installation of a new IP PBX Telephone System
  • Award of the Water Board for its general policy in relation to the implementation of Green Public Procurement

2016

  • Installation of electronic time and attendance system
  • Construction of new fencing at the site of the Water Board’s water reservoirs.
  • Award of the Water Board for its general policy in relation to the implementation of Green Public Procurement