Extension and the rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems in Calarasi County

The project represents an investment plan for the development and upgrading of the water and wastewater systems in Calarasi County. It consists of investments in drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment. It will be implemented for the agglomerations of Calarasi, Urziceni, Oltenita, Lehliu, Fundulea and Budesti. It will be implemented by the Regional Operating Company "ECO AQUA S.A", Calarasi. The ultimate purpose is to promote the compliance with the relevant EU environmental legislation and in turn improve the quality of the water services.

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Project description:

As regards water supply, the project consists of works for the rehabilitation of drinking water system. The rehabilitation of water transmission pipes will consists of rehabilitation and extension of the distribution network for 85 km of pipes, 5 new water reservoirs.
As regards the wastewater collection and treatment, the project involves the rehabilitation and extension of 81 km of sewers, the construction of 13 pumping stations, the extension and rehabilitation of 5 wastewater treatment plants. The target population served will be of 117 000 persons.

What are the project likely benefits?

Some 117 000 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: 96 % 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 Calarasi County a more attractive place to invest in. The project is expected to directly create 150 jobs during the implementation phase and 40 during the operational 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 Danube river and ultimately the Danube basin. 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