Discussions revolving round the sewerage system of Paphos have tended to focus on the problems in the construction process, the deplorable condition of the road used by the contracting team as well as the financial charges borne by citizens.
But there is another aspect to this significant Paphos project, for not only does it seem to be working well, but it is also a model project being studied by visiting specialists from other areas of Cyprus and foreign countries looking to introduce similar projects in their areas.
The focus of attention is the Tertiary Wastewater Treatment Station of the Sewerage Board of Paphos (SAPA ) in the coastal area of the Acheleia community.
The expansion and upgrading of the station, the electricity generated from the anaerobic stabilisation of activated mud to provide power to the plant site and the groundbreaking, for the south Europe, new solar technology to dry sludge from the municipal sewage wastewater treatment station of Paphos, have made the project a model of urban wastewater and protection management in a previously overcrowded area.
The Sewage Treatment Plant of SAPA has begun to process wastewater following completion of the new works of the second phase, built by Greek company ENVITEC, which is responsible for the management of the station.
The expansion and application of new technologies at the station, contributed to attaining a higher degree of wastewater treatment, with a result of producing clean, high quality water for irrigation purposes.
The new projects also regard the treatment of sludge with innovative methods of anaerobic digestion and biogas energy recovery, dehydration and drying.
These methods increase significantly the capacity of the sewage treatment of the station, since the sewage treatment capacity per day increased from 8,000 cubic metres to 20,000.
Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas, who is also chairman of SAPA, said the second phase had seen the construction of a wastewater pre-treatment plant, two new units of biological wastewater treatment with Dutch high performance technology, the expansion of tertiary treatment of sewage, a new processing unit of sludge production and utilisation of biogas and two new storage tanks of untreated sewage.
Expansion and improvement to the tertiary treatment station has led to the production of high quality water, he said.
"The quality of the water at the exit of the station is excellent and suitable for irrigation, according to the requirements of the Water Development Department," he said.
"We now also achieve a significant reduction in the volume of mud produced and have improved its features.
"With the new digester and drying unit the mud that is produced is fully stabilised, free of odours, and has a significantly reduced volume which facilitates its transfer and management in agriculture by farmers in our province, to whom the product is distributed for free."