Extension and the rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems in Turda-Campia Turzii region, in Cluj County

The project consists of investments concerning drinking water treatment and distribution, as well as wastewater collection and treatment for six agglomerations situated in the Turda-Campia Turzii region. It will be implemented by the Regional Operating Company "S.C Compania de Apa Aries S.A" in 2 towns (Turda, Campia Turzii) and 4 communes (Mihai Viteazu, Viisoara, Sandulesti, Luna).

The ultimate purpose of the project is to help those towns and communes 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 extension of the network with 11 km and rehabilitation of 73 km pipelines, the improvement of one drinking water treatment plant and of three water reservoirs, the construction of two chlorination plants and one pumping station as well as the rehabilitation of three pumping station. As regards wastewater collection and treatment, the project involves the rehabilitation and extension of 77 km of the network, the construction of 8 pumping stations and the rehabilitation of 1 wastewater treatment plant (110 000 persons equivalent).

What are the project likely benefits?

Some 97 000 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: 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 390 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