Starina Water Reservoir is located in the easternmost part of Slovakia, in the northeastern part of Zemplin in the district Snina and is the largest water reservoir in Central Europe.
The reservoir was built between 1983 and 1988 on the upper reaches of the Cirocha River in the Bukovské vrchy Mountains in the Poloniny National Park. The impregnation of the water work began in 1987. The protection zones at the Starina water reservoir do not allow the reservoir to be used for tourism or other than water management purposes. The tank has a volume of 59.8 mil. m³ of water and covers an area of ​​311.4 ha, the dam wall reaches an impressive height of 50 m. Today, this water reservoir is the main source of drinking water for the towns of Košice and Prešov. The water flows through the 134.5 km pipeline to Košice. Its construction was preceded by the eviction of 7 villages. These were the villages of Dara, Ostrožnica, Ruské, Smolník, Starina, Veľká Poľana, Zvala. The displacement took place from the spring of 1980 until the spring of 1986, when the village of Ruské was evicted last.
The water work is administered by the Slovak State Water Management Company.


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