Working for better water quality in Poland

A new project in Eastern Poland will improve water standards and water supply for thousands of people.

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Work to extend and modernise the water supply and sewage systems in Lublin will use state-of-the-art construction and environmental technologies to increase water collection rates, reduce leaks, and improve energy efficiency. It will bring the area in line with EU and Polish national wastewater treatment laws.

More water, less waste

The modernisation project will build 58.53 kilometres of new wastewater pipes. This will increase waste collection rates to 97.58 % and connect 7 108 additional inhabitants to the disposal system. Main water supply meanwhile will go up to 98.5 % with the construction of 3.86 kilometres of new pipelines, connecting 82 new customers.

Further modernisation to both the sewage and supply networks will cut leaks and system failures. 16 new jobs are likely to be created whilst the project is underway, with a further three long-term jobs expected after completion. Overall, the project aims to reduce energy use in Lublin by improving energy efficiency.

Four-stage plan

The Lublin plan is based around four central elements. The first of these, the modernisation of the Hajdów wastewater treatment facility, will include improvements to an existing pumping station and to waste sludge treatment. The crucial sludge treatment process will be improved at all stages, from fermentation and pumping to thickening. An increased use of natural biogas from waste will reduce fossil fuel consumption. This will also entail the modernisation of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, making it possible to efficiently generate both electricity and heat whilst using natural gas to replace coal. Even control systems, board rooms and other general building services will be revamped.

A second part of the project will consist both of building and of modernising sewage lines. All work in this stage will be designed to have the least possible effect on the environment. Procedures involving no digging will be favoured where possible. Drilling and the use of gravity will be among the techniques used to reduce the need for digging.

During a third stage of the project, two of the four existing Zemborzycka water drinking water tanks will be restored. Tanks and valves will be redesigned or installed to guarantee safe and efficient work in all weathers.

The fourth part of the project will see 2.3 kilometres of the water supply network renovated and reinforced, again favouring techniques with a low environmental impact.

Draft date

23/10/2012