Chania's Dam to open next month

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Chania's Dam to open next month

Postby Topdriller » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:09 pm

Chania's new dam is scheduled to open in around three weeks. 70m in height at it's highest point the dam will hold back 7 million cubic metres of water. When full the water will sit 1m below the top. The cost to build was in the region of €50,000,000.

For the first year the dam will be 1/3rd full to make sure everything works as per specification.

Oh yes, and because there has been considerably less rain and snow this year and last it looks like water prices will rise 40% this summer and that there may well be shortages.

Go figure.

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Postby BST » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:29 pm

Hmmm. Well in the first 2 months of this year there has been nearly 3Xs as much rain recorded in Vrises as in Jan and Feb last year!

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Postby jandis » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:53 pm

Sorry, I have to disagree with you BST. The rainfall figures from the official Greek meteorological station in Vrysses do not agree with your statement - see table below. There has been somewhat less rain in Jan and Feb this year than last and only half that recorded in 2012 and 2011.

_______Jan___Feb___Jan+Feb___Jul_to_Feb
2014____72___117*___189*______737*
2013___196____66____262_______651
2012___257___181____438_______889
2011___121___285____406_______821
2010___200____41____241_______744
* up to 27 Feb 2014

A better guide than particular months is the rainfall since the previous summer - shown in the last column of the table - which indicates that the rainfall this winter is, to date, fairly typical. One thing that is different this year are the higher temperatures which means there is less snow on the White mountains and hence there will be less to melt later in the year - that particular "reservoir" is quite empty this year compared to other years.

And before anybody says it, yes, I admit to being a weather nerd!

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Postby Al » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:38 am

Where is the new dam? A google earth ref would be useful. We'd like to go and have a look sometime.

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Postby peebee » Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:32 am

35 26 28 N - 23 53 13 E

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Postby Kilkis » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:18 am

On my Google Earth the map reference works better with a comma, 35 26 28 N, 23 53 13 E If I copy and paste with the "-" it seems to find somewhere in Mexico.

Go out of Chania on the Omalos road. About 10 km from the National Highway turn right into Alikianos. At the supermarket/ cooperative bank of Chania turn right again. Follow this road, keeping to the left at the first fork, for 2 to 3 km and you get to Vatolakkos. I think various roads out of Vatolakkos will take you to different views of the dam. Just explore. I'm told that there are a lot of nice walks in the area. A friend frequently walks his dogs there.

If it ever burst after it has been filled, e.g. due to an earthquake, it's going to be a bit damp in the village of Vatolakkos and I'm not sure that Koufos and Alikianos would be fun places to be. Bit of a bummer when you deliberately choose to live well away from any significant body of water and then they bring the water to you.

For more geekiness, I believe that the water in the dam is being provided by the kind folks of Meskala, who presumably have more than they need? A pipeline has already been laid from Meskala to the dam. Although it has to cross two sets of hills to get to the dam, Meskala ( 35°24'26.53"N, 23°57'24.84"E) is sufficiently higher than the dam for the water to flow uphill due to hydrostatic pressure, i.e. without pumping.

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Postby chris » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:33 am

I wonder If it will be stocked with fish? Speaking as a fisherman It would be nice to do a bit of freshwater fishing, they could even sell daytickets to raise a bit of revenue.

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Postby Topdriller » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:03 pm

Chris,

I did ask the senior civil engineer in charge of the build (he's a great guy) if there were any plans for fish, boating, recreational pursuits etc. but he wasn't sure what if any plans the politicos had.

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Postby Clio » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:42 pm

the kind folks of Meskala,


Think you may mean "Meskla", Warwick. Meskala is in Morocco which makes for one very long pipeline...

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Postby Kilkis » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:48 pm

Oooooops!

Warwick

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Postby chris » Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:49 pm

Thanks for the update Jon, I hope once the dam has settled down that they look at its leisure use, would love to go fly fishing for trout whilst not wearing the requisite waterproofs!

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Re: Chania's Dam to open next month

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Re: Chania's Dam to open next month

Postby john4d » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:04 pm

Any plans for a crocodile? :wink:
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