A crucial infrastructure work is close to come true: The direct water supply of the island of Aigina from the mainland is being gradually completed after the fourth section of the submarine water pipeline went underwater of Friday. The unique project for Greek realities will connect the island of Aigina with Salamina in West Attica and improve the quality of life for the locals and the thousands of visitors each year.
The dream of continuously running drinking water through the faucets in households and businesses, the independence of water bringing vessels and water tanks and “weird” water of desalination has been top priority of locals and visitors for several decades. I was young and grew old to hear every summer when the island population grew ten times about the need of direct water supply. But petty interests did not allow the water supply connection between the mainland and the favorite visitors’ destination in the Saronic Gulf, just 47 nautical miles away of Athens. Finally, the dream comes true.
The construction of an underwater water transport pipeline in Aegina has a budget of € 30,135,000 and is funded by the Regional Government of Attica.
The length of pipeline is 14,225 meters, maximum depth at 94 meters.
Water supply: 21,500 cubic meters.
The launch of the fourth part of the under water pipeline took place successfully on Friday and in the presence of outgoing Regional Governor of Attica, Rena Dourou, the deputy governor for the Saronic Gulf islands, Panagiotis Chatziperos and the Mayor of Aegina, Dimitris Mourtzis.
The laying of the pipeline has started and progresses smoothly, and soon there will be a continuous flow of water on Aigina, outgoing Regional Governor Rena Dourou said in a statement.
“This is a project of high technical requirements and specifications, which satisfies the long-standing need of the inhabitants of the area and is being implemented by the current administration of the Attica Region,” Reina Dourou added.
It is not clear when the water flow will exactly start. Dourou said “Very soon.”