Extension and the rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems in Brasov County
The project represents the first step of a long term investment plan for the development and upgrading of the water and wastewater systems in Brasov county. It consists of investments for improving drinking water treatment and distribution as well as wastewater collection and treatment in the agglomerations of Brasov, Stupini, Sacele, Codlea, Feldioara, Rupea, Homorod, Gara Rupea, Hoghiz, Prejmer, Lunca Calnicului and Moieciu. It will be implemented by the Regional Operating Company "S.C Compania Apa Brasov S.A". The ultimate purpose is to promote the compliance with the relevant EU environmental legislation and in turn improve the quality of the water services.
As regards water supply, the project mainly consists of works for the rehabilitation of well fields, the extension and rehabilitation of 51 km of transmission pipelines, the replacement and construction of new distribution pipelines (about 144 km), the construction and rehabilitation of 3 treatment plants, 7 water reservoirs and 5 pumping and booster stations. As regards wastewater collection and treatment, the project involves the rehabilitation and extension of about 179 km of sewers collectors, the construction and rehabilitation of 9 pumping stations and the rehabilitation of five wastewater treatment plants (for respectively 500 000, 142 000, 22 200, 16 000 and 5 800 population equivalent).
This project complements the first wave of investments implemented through ISPA assistance. In particular, additional population will be supplied through the Tarlung Drinking Water Treatment Plant (DWTP), which is expected to enter into service in summer 2009. Similarly, the rehabilitation of the sewage collector in Brasov will reduce the infiltrations and thus improve the future performance of the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) expected to be upgraded under this project.
What are the project likely benefits?
Some 511 572 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 of the concerned municipalities will have access to compliant drinking water supply after project implementation, whereas 100% of the population of the concerned wastewater agglomeration 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 Brasov County a more attractive place to invest in. The project is expected to directly create 300 jobs during the implementation phase and 150 jobs during the operating stage.
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 receiving water bodies and ultimately in the Danube river. 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.