The Development Ministry Friday announced an ambitious undersea water pipeline project that will connect Aegina island, south of Athens, to the mainland supply network.

The decision was signed by Alternate Development Minister Stavros Kaloyiannis in early February. Spanning 14 kilometers at depths of up to 90 meters, the water pipe will carry fresh water from the nearby island of Salamina, which is already connected to the capital’s water network.

Officials told Kathimerini that the 23.8-million-euro project will be put to tender by the end of June by the Attica regional authority. “When the pipe is completed, our lives will change,” Aegina Mayor Sakis Sakkiotis told the newspaper.

Some 1.7 billion cubic meters of water per year are consumed on the island, which has a population of 13,000. Water demand is expected to rise after the project is complete.

Source: Ekathimerini.com