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Construction Works for the Artificial Enrichment of the Carstic System of Υpereia and Orfana


Surface waters storage works, irrigation networks redesign and artificial recharge of underground aquifers significantly contribute to sustainable irrigation water management when environmental concerns are taken into account in the design process.


Water shortage is a significant problem for the irrigation of the areas of Υpereia and Orfana (region of Thessaly). Irrigation is based on groundwater extraction, which consumes increasing amounts of energy as the aquifer level constantly decreases.


The project with EAFRD funds aims to: i) increase the aquifer levels so that there will be sufficient water supply for the irrigation needs; ii) decrease the electrical consumption for extracting the ground waters as the level of the aquifer rises; and iii) monitor the quantity and quality of the water resources.

Main activities

The key activities to achieve the project objective are: i) the construction of a small dam with fortified cement to withhold the Enippeas river flow; ii) the implementation of protective works for the water course and riversides; iii) a water transfer canal and enrichment tunnel with shafts on its floor; iv) measuring stations of the Enippeas river flow and drilling to monitor the aquifer; and v) the installment of four automatic monitoring stations of the water resources.

Results & Benefits

The main expected benefits include: i) efficiency of water for irrigation and improvement of the quality of the produce; ii) job creation due to guaranteed water supply; iii) improvement of the quality of water for irrigation due to enrichment and continuous monitoring. Further, the decrease of the energy consumption by the irrigation water pumps for extracting water is envisaged to have financial and environmental benefits.

Lessons learnt

Such projects are beneficial for farmers and in parallel they contribute to the sustainable utilisation of the natural resources and the decrease of the consumed electricity and corresponding gas emissions.

Project location and other information

Larisa / Karditsa



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

6 940 000

EAFRD contribution (€)

4 918 378

National contribution (€)

2 021 622

Contact name

Odysseus Κarasahinides


+30 210 8399849

Languages for contact

English, Greek

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers, Producer groups

Budget range

> €500 000

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 125. Infrastructure related to the development and adaptation of agriculture and forestry


Aquifer, Ground water, Infrastructure, Irrigation, Emission reduction

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