Border area welcomes new waste water system
Extensive work to improve the sewerage system in and around the town of Makó is already benefiting thousands of people in south-east Hungary. Completed in 2009, it covers six settlements in an area close to the country’s border with Romania.
The project was co-funded by the EU and aimed to enhance local public utilities. Further goals included preventing pollution and improving the environment.
Extended sewerage system
Located in the Hungarian region of Del-Alfold, Makó is a small town that depends mainly on local agriculture for its revenue. It has a population of around 24 400.
Under a co-funded EU project, the town and several surrounding settlements sought to improve their sewerage system. Goals included provision of missing infrastructure and stopping groundwater pollution in the local area. The project also aimed to prevent surface water pollution on the 22-km long right side of the Maros River and to improve the quality of the environment for the six settlements concerned.
Work involved extending the existing sewerage network in Makó. New sewer networks were also built in five settlements around the town (Kiszombor, Maroslele, Földeák, Apátfalva, Magyarcsanád). These networks were connected to the town’s waste water treatment plant directly or via the town’s sewer system.
The biological capacity of the town’s waste water treatment plant was enlarged to cater for a population equivalent of 52 500. A sludge treatment and disposal system was also constructed.
Benefits for people and environment
Thanks to the project, the sewerage network has been extended in and around Makó to serve an additional population of some 35 300. It includes around 300 km of new gravity pipes and 92 km of pressure pipes, and now has approximately 14 300 household connections. Around a sixth of the town’s 70-km long existing sewage system has also been rebuilt. Care was taken to avoid construction in the local Natura 2000 nature protection area.
Extension of the waste water treatment plant also allows the area to meet the discharge limit values applicable in sensitive areas. Moreover, the new sludge treatment and disposal system has a total capacity of 1 095 tonnes of dry solids a year. Sludge is dried on-site with solar technology and can then be used as agricultural fertiliser.
The project is expected to significantly decrease local groundwater pollution and to reduce pollution of the Maros River. It also created some 60 jobs during the implementation phase.