Extension and the rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems in Cluj – Salaj Counties area

The project represents the first step of a long term investment plan for the development and upgrading of the water and wastewater systems in Cluj and Salaj counties. It consists of investments for improving drinking water treatment and distribution as well as wastewater collection and treatment in eight agglomerations located in the Cluj and Salaj Counties : Cluj-Napoca, Zalau, Dej, Gherla, Simleu Silvaniei, Jibou, Huedin and Cehu Silvaniei. It will be implemented by the Regional Operating Company "S.C. Compania de APA Somes S.A.(CASSA)". The ultimate purpose is to promote 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 mainly consists of works for the rehabilitation of groundwater sources, the extension of 22 km of transmission pipelines and the replacement of some 19km, the replacement and construction of new distribution pipelines (about 143 km), the rehabilitation of one drinking water treatment plant and 14 water reservoirs. As regards wastewater collection and treatment, the project involves the rehabilitation and extension of about 120 km of sewers collectors, the construction and rehabilitation of 30 pumping stations and the rehabilitation of eight wastewater treatment plants (for respectively 367 000, 85 000, 35 000, 20 000, 13 200, 11 400, 9 400 and 5 400 population equivalent).

What are the project likely benefits?

Some 500 000 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 79% 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 Cluj and Salaj areas a more attractive place to invest in. The project is expected to directly create 240 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 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