New systems and equipment to prevent and deal with flooding

Areas in Romania that are vulnerable to flooding are receiving extra help in the form of equipment and systems that will improve the safety and effectiveness of water management infrastructures, such as dams and intakes. The investment, which directly benefits about 1.5 million people, also strengthens the country’s flood risk management capacities.

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The project aims to prevent flooding and develop effective operational management regimes when a flood occurs. It also seeks to reduce the effects of flooding, including problems caused by water pollution. The investment therefore includes monitoring equipment for dams and gauging stations, the provision of automated pollution measuring facilities, and related software and hardware. In addition, coordination centres and rapid response centres are being developed to deal with flood disasters.

Increasing safety and capacity

To increase the safety and effectiveness of Romania’s water management infrastructure, the project specifically provides:

  • automatic safety sensors for dams;
  • automatic sensor stations for measuring layers of snow;
  • gauging stations for inflow discharges, intakes and diversions; and
  • hardware and software for the coordination and control of “hydrotechnical constructions”, which can include protective dams, water intakes and dikes.

To improve risk management capacities, operational centres receive dedicated hardware and software; rapid response centres are to be constructed and suitably equipped; and automated stations are supplied with sensors to monitor water quality. Technical assistance has also been supplied for management of this project, which is expected to create 50 jobs during the implementation phase, and 200 jobs upon completion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Watman – Information system for integrated water management – Phase I” is EUR 63 231 579, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 54 056 677 through the “Environment” Operational Programme for the 2007 to 2013 programming period, under the priority "Implementation of adequate infrastructure of natural risk prevention in most vulnerable areas (Cohesion Fund)".

Draft date

09/04/2014