Modernising water and wastewater infrastructure in Bistrita-Nasaud County
The project seeks to improve drinking water treatment and distribution as well as wastewater collection and treatment in various municipalities in the county of Bistrita-Nasaud, with the ultimate aim of ensuring compliance with the relevant EU environmental legislation.
As the first step in a long-term investment plan for the development and upgrading of the water and wastewater systems in the county, this project targets the water services in the agglomerations of Bistrita, Nasaud, Telciu, Sangeorz Bai, Maieru, Beclean and Feldru.
Tackling water supply and wastewater treatment
The project has two focuses: namely, drinking water treatment and distribution and wastewater collection and treatment. Regarding water supply, the project works mainly consist of: the rehabilitation of the drinking water treatment plant; the extension and rehabilitation of 92 km of transmission pipelines; the replacement and construction of new distribution pipelines (approximately 94 km); and the construction of eight water reservoirs and five pumping stations.
In relation to wastewater collection and treatment, the project works include: the rehabilitation and extension of about 100 km of sewer collectors; the construction of 13 pumping stations and the construction and rehabilitation of five wastewater treatment plants.
Ultimately, the project aims to bring the water services in line with Romania’s compliance obligations outlined in the Accession Treaty and as well as the objectives of the Sectoral Operational Programme for Environment.
Benefits across the board
Approximately 134 101 inhabitants will be served by the improved infrastructure. The connection rate to the sewer collection system will reach 91% in the targeted agglomerations, meaning an additional 30 034 inhabitants. Meanwhile, the connection rate to the drinking water network will reach 98% in the targeted agglomerations, meaning an additional 18 389 inhabitants.
Safe drinking water will contribute to reducing health risks while improved wastewater treatment will raise the standard of hygiene and the quality of the environment in the area. A reliable water service that is compliant with EU legislation will also make the county of Bistrita-Nasaud a more attractive place to invest in.
In terms of environmental benefits, the project will lead to a considerable reduction in organic and nutrient pollution discharged directly into the receiving water bodies and ultimately into the Danube river.