Geçitköy Dam

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Geçitköy Dam
Geçitköy Dam.jpg
View of the Geçitköy Dam
Geçitköy Dam is located in Cyprus
Geçitköy Dam
Location of Geçitköy Dam in Cyprus
Country Cyprus (under control of Northern Cyprus)
Location Lapithos
Coordinates 35°19′45.33″N 33°4′15.34″E / 35.3292583°N 33.0709278°E / 35.3292583; 33.0709278Coordinates: 35°19′45.33″N 33°4′15.34″E / 35.3292583°N 33.0709278°E / 35.3292583; 33.0709278
Purpose Municipal and irrigation water
Status Operational
Construction began 2012
Opening date 2014; 4 years ago (2014)
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, rock-fill clay core
Impounds Mandara River
Height 65 m (213 ft)
Total capacity 35,000,000 m3 (28,000 acre⋅ft)

The Geçitköy Dam is a rock-fill dam on the Mandara River about 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the town of Lapithos in Cyprus. The dam is located in the de facto territory of Northern Cyprus. It was originally completed as the Dağdere Dam in 1989 but between 2012 and 2014 it was raised and expanded into its current form. The dam is part of the Northern Cyprus Water Supply Project and receives water not only from the river but via an undersea pipeline connected to the Alaköprü Dam, located near the southern shores of Mersin Province, Turkey. Construction on main works for the dam began on 30 March 2012 and it was completed on 7 March 2014. The new dam increased the reservoir capacity from 1,800,000 m3 (1,500 acre⋅ft) to 35,000,000 m3 (28,000 acre⋅ft).[1][2] Water from Turkey first entered the reservoir on 17 October 2015. From there it is transferred via pumps to Girne which lies to the east.[3]


  1. ^ "Geçitköy" (in Turkish). Website Cyprus. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Geçitköy Dam" (in Turkish). Dolsar. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Turkish water begins to flow to northern Cyprus as vast pipeline project goes onstream". EuroNews. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.