The Xeros River In Winter

Published 11th of January, 2019

The Asprokremmos Reservoir is beginning to fill up! At the last count, it was close to 40% full. But where is all the water coming from? The Xeros River is normally close to dry, but now it has become a raging torrent. So let's take a look...

Never Seen That Before

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My first destination was the Asprokremmos Dam. This is not the Asprokremmos Dam. I spotted this to the right of the motorway out of Paphos. It is the Anatoliko Reservoir, and I don't think I've ever seen it with water before. I left the motorway at this point because I wanted to see how the Ezousa River was behaving.

Ezousa River

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Wow! There is normally only a trickle here. But virtually all of the tunnels now have water pouring through them.

To The Sea

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Unfortunately, all this lovely water will just flow out to the sea. It's a shame it can't be pumped to the Asprokremmos somehow...

Asprokremmos Reservoir

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And here is the Asprokremmos. It is definitely filling up, but there is a long way to go. A few years ago, we had a picnic in the woods to the left of the picnic. That was in 2012, and then the reservoir was full. Hopefully it will be full again this year. I know the rain is a drag, but it is needed...

To The Sea

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Of course, when it does overflow again, this view will look a bit different.

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