Improved water and wastewater management in Romania

Over 170 000 residents in Dâmbovita, Romania’s most densely populated county, will gain access to clean water and an upgraded and rehabilitated modern water supply and wastewater service.

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The development and upgrading of the water and wastewater systems in Dâmbovita County represents the first step in a long term investment plan for the region. The project consists of infrastructure investments to upgrade drinking water treatment and distribution, and wastewater collection and treatment; it will include six treatment plants.

Rehabilitating the water supply

The project will be implemented by the Regional Operating Company "S.C Compania de Apa Targoviste – Dambovita S.A.", and will focus on rehabilitating the water supply, wastewater collection and treatment systems in Targoviste, Moreni, Gaesti, Pucioasa, Titu and Fieni. The target population is estimated to be around 172 000 inhabitants. Its aim is to meet the water compliance obligations in the Accession Treaty and the objectives of the Sectoral Operational Programme for Environment.

More precisely, work will focus on the extension and rehabilitation of well fields, chlorination plants and water transmission pipes, extension and rehabilitation of the distribution network, including pumping stations, the creation and rehabilitation of reservoirs, extension and rehabilitation of the sewage network, including pumping stations and construction and upgrading of six wastewater treatment plant.

Improving the quality of life

This project will ultimately lead to improving the quality of life of the population living in the Dambovita area, by ensuring better access to drinking water, and wastewater and sewerage services. Assessing the more specific benefits of this project, it is estimated that 95% of the inhabitants will be connected to the drinking water network and safe water resources, representing an additional 25 800 inhabitants connecting to the safe drinking water supply system. While the connection rate to the sewer collection system will reach 94%, bringing in an additional 59 391 inhabitants to the wastewater system. The project is also expected to directly mobilise 310 jobs during the implementation phase and 10 jobs during the operating stage.

Looking at the environmental impact of the project, significant benefits will stem from the elimination of groundwater and subsoil contamination, thanks to the extension of the wastewater and sewerage systems. Improvement to the wastewater collection and treatment system will also bring about a considerable environmental saving, reducing the levels of organic and nutrient pollutants discharged directly into the receiving water bodies.


Draft date

03/10/2011