Extension and rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems in Gorj County

The project consists of investments concerning drinking water treatment and distribution, as well as wastewater collection and treatment for five towns situated in the county of Gorj. It will be implemented by the Regional Operating Company "S.C Aparegio S.A" in the agglomerations of Targu Jiu, Motru, Bumbesti Jiu, Targu Carbunesti and Ticleni.

The ultimate purpose of the project is to help those towns comply with the relevant EU environmental legislation and in turn improve the quality of the water services and the environment.

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Project description

As regards water supply, the project mainly consists of the measures for rehabilitation of groundwater sources and river intake, the rehabilitation of 17 km of transmission pipelines, the replacement and construction of 88 km distribution pipelines, the rehabilitation and construction of 7 drinking water treatment plants and 3 water reservoirs. As regards wastewater collection and treatment, the project involves the rehabilitation and extension of about 63 km of sewers collectors, the construction and rehabilitation of 7 pumping stations and the rehabilitation of 4 wastewater treatment plants (respectively 107 000, 7 500, 4 200 and 4 000 persons equivalent).

What are the project likely benefits?

Some 123 500 inhabitants living in the project area will directly benefit from improved water services. Particularly, the investment will improve the quality of life of the citizens living in the service area by ensuring better access to drinking water and wastewater services: 100 % of the population living in the five towns will have access to compliant drinking water supply after project implementation and 100% of the population of the concerned wastewater agglomerations will be connected to the sewerage system. Safe drinking water will contribute to reduce health risks for the population. Wastewater disposal and treatment will improve the hygienic conditions and the quality of the environment. Reliable and compliant water services will in turn make the area a more attractive place to invest in. The project is expected to directly create about 420 jobs during the implementation phase.

What are the project likely environmental benefits ?

Thanks to the improvement of the wastewater collection and treatment, the project will bring about a considerable reduction of organic and nutrient pollution load discharged directly into the various receiving water bodies. Significant environmental benefits will also stem from the elimination of groundwater and subsoil contamination thanks to the extension of the wastewater system, replacing the existing individual treatments. The expected reuse of sludge in agriculture will also allow for corresponding savings in chemical fertilizers.

Draft date

01/01/2007