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In 2018, Cyprus had 57 urban waste water agglomerations of more then 2 000 population equivalent (p.e). These agglomerations generated a total load of 1 029 000 p.e. 83% of this load is connected to collecting systems and 2% addressed through Individual and Appropriate Systems (storage or septic tanks, micro-stations,...). These agglomerations are connected to 1 secondary treatment plants and 16 more stringent treatment plants. All these treatment plants have a total design capacity of 1 352 749 p.e.

Agglomeration : Generated load by collection

Generated Load by collection type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Generated Load by collection type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Destination2018
Collected by collecting system850,500 pe, 82.7 %
Individual and Appropriate Systems24,439 pe, 2.4 %
Discharged without treatment154,061 pe, 15 %
Total1,029,000 pe, 100 %
*pe: Population equivalent, *%: Rate
Generated Load by sewage network type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Generated Load by sewage network type (population equivalent – p.e.)
See diagram
Network type2018
Separative system781,000 pe
8 na
No information248,000 pe
49 na
*pe: Population equivalent, *na: Number of agglomerations

Agglomeration : Generated load by compliance

Total generated load by compliance (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Total generated load by compliance (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Compliance state2018
Compliant860,800 pe
Not Compliant168,200 pe
Total1,029,000 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of agglomerations by compliance
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Number of agglomerations by compliance
See diagram
Compliance state2018
Compliant27
Not Compliant30
Total57
*: Number of elements

Waste water treatment plant : Load entering by compliance

Total load entering by compliance (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Total load entering by compliance (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Compliance state2018
Not connected6,795 pe
Compliant850,500 pe
Total857,295 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of treatment plants by compliance
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Number of treatment plants by compliance
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Compliance state2018
Not connected1
Compliant17
Total18
*: Number of elements

Waste water treatment plant : Load entering by treatment type

Total load entering by treatment type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Total load entering by treatment type (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Treatment type2018
Secondary treatment1,200 pe
More stringent treatment856,095 pe
Total857,295 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of treatment plants by treatment type
See the data table
Number of treatment plants by treatment type
See diagram
Treatment type2018
Secondary treatment1
More stringent treatment17
Total18
*: Number of elements

Agglomeration : generated load by agglomeration size

Total generated load by agglomeration size (population equivalent – p.e.)
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Total generated load by agglomeration size (population equivalent – p.e.)
See diagram
Size2018
< 10,000 pe192,300 pe
10,000 to 100,000 pe336,700 pe
> 100,000 pe500,000 pe
Total1,029,000 pe
*pe: Population equivalent
Number of agglomerations by size
See the data table
Number of agglomerations by size
See diagram
Size2018
< 10,000 pe45
10,000 to 100,000 pe9
> 100,000 pe3
Total57
*: Number of elements

Waste water treatment plant : Total load entering and discharged

Total load entering and discharged
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Total load entering and discharged
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2018
ParameterEnteringDischarged
BOD13,214.05 tons/year68.84 tons/year
COD27,358.87 tons/year710.17 tons/year
N2,527.33 tons/year294.07 tons/year
P329.03 tons/year32.29 tons/year
BOD, COD, N, P concentration
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BOD, COD, N, P concentration
See diagram
2018
ParameterEnteringDischarged
BOD392.19 mg/l2.04 mg/l
COD812.00 mg/l21.08 mg/l
N75.01 mg/l8.73 mg/l
P9.77 mg/l0.96 mg/l

MS Level statistics

Sludge destination
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In 2018, 8,177 Tons DS of sludge was generated
Sludge destination
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In 2018, 8,177 Tons DS of sludge was generated
Destination2018
Discharged into surface waters : Pipelines0.0
Discharged into surface waters : Ships0.0
Discharged into surface waters : Others0.0
Re-used: Soil and agriculture1,011.0
Re-used: Others6,900.0
Disposed: Landfill0.0
Disposed: Incineration266.0
Disposed: Others0.0
Total8,177.0
Water re-use

2018 : 95.4 % of treated waste water are re-used. This water is used in agriculture and in others use.
Explanation : Rivers dry beds & Aquifers for IN & IR, Dam for IR

The 6900 t DS/y mentioned in others refers to 1281 t DS/y of sludge tranported for anaerobic treatment for biogas production, 4705 t DS/y of sludge tranported for compost production and to 914 t DS/y of sludge storaged at the plants to be reused.

Legal compliance

Legal compliance for collection in p.e.
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Legal compliance for collection in p.e.
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
2018860,800168,200 -
Legal compliance for collection by number of agglomerations
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Legal compliance for collection by number of agglomerations
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
20182730 -
Legal compliance for 2nd treatment in p.e.
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Legal compliance for 2nd treatment in p.e.
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
2018844,150160,411 -
Legal compliance for 2nd treatment by number of agglomerations
See the data table
Legal compliance for 2nd treatment by number of agglomerations
See diagram
YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
201824303
Legal compliance for 3rd treatment in p.e.
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Legal compliance for 3rd treatment in p.e.
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YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
2018230,000 - 620,500
Legal compliance for 3rd treatment by number of agglomerations
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Legal compliance for 3rd treatment by number of agglomerations
See diagram
YearCompliantNot compliantNot relevant
20182 - 55