Ensuring a clean bill of health for a region’s water

Key water infrastructure across an extensive area of the Czech Republic is being improved over the next few years. The goal is to bring various urban water facilities in the Jihovýchod region up to the highest European standards.

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Spread over several years, the work will be divided into 11 subprojects in the Dyje River Basin. These will focus on the construction of water supply and sewerage facilities or on improving the efficiency of existing ones.

New or refreshed water infrastructure

Located in the south-east of the Czech Republic, Jihovýchod is designated an EU ‘Convergence Region’. Thanks to this status, the region is eligible for EU funding to modernise and diversify its economic infrastructure, as well as to safeguard or create sustainable jobs.

‘Water protection of the Dyje River Basin – Stage II’ will take place in an area that is part of the Morava River Basin (9 765 km2), which drains into the Black Sea. The project’s main goal is to improve urban waste water treatment in the target area, matching the requirements of the EU urban waste water treatment directive of 1991.

This new EU project follows a similar one completed in the same geographical area. Launched in 2002, that project focused on improving waste water treatment and sewerage facilities in 10 towns and villages along the Dyje River.

The 11 subprojects cover several different areas in the Dyje River Basin. Each will include work to build new sewers or waste water treatment plants and/or to enhance existing waste water treatment facilities. In a few of these subprojects, work will also include the improvement of drinking water pipelines or the construction of new ones.

Thousands of people to benefit

Once finished, the project is expected to improve the quality of local ground and surface water. It will also enhance the quality of drinking water supplied to around 4 300 people in the target area.

As many as 4 200 additional people there will be connected to new waste water infrastructure. For example, up to 15 km of new sewers will be constructed in a subproject that covers Boskovice-Hrádkov, Vratíkov, Benešov, Okrouhlá, Valchov, and Velenov. Under the overall project, the improvement of sewerage systems is expected to benefit some 15 500 people.

A new waste water treatment plant is to be built in the Vladislav subproject, with the capacity to deal with total waste water pollution produced by up to 1 800 people. Three other treatment plants of this kind will undergo improvements, providing facilities to cope with the waste water pollution produced by the equivalent of some 25 500 people.

Draft date

03/05/2010