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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.
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.
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
Total project cost (€)
6 940 000
EAFRD contribution (€)
4 918 378
National contribution (€)
2 021 622
+30 210 8399849
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At a glance
Final beneficiary type
Individual farmers, Producer groups
> €500 000
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