Quarter of a million to get better sanitation

A major investment will upgrade and extend the drinking water supply and wastewater treatment in eight towns and villages in Maramureş County.

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As a result of the works, the entire population of the towns concerned will be connected to a safe drinking water supply and sewage network.

Improving access to safe drinking water

This significant project will improve drinking water treatment and distribution as well as wastewater collection and treatment in Maramureş County in northwest Romania.

It will improve water services for some 272 000 people, one-tenth of the region’s population, by extending and rehabilitating the water distribution and sewer networks in the city of Baia Mare and nearby towns Baia Prie, Seini, Borsa, Targu Lapus, Visu de Sus, Sighetu Marmatiei and Cavnic.

The project has been designed to enable Romania to meet its obligations with respect to water treatment under the EU Accession Treaty. To improve access to safe drinking water, the works will include the construction and rehabilitation of over 200 km of water distribution network; 36 km of transmission network; 20 pumping stations; 6 reservoirs, 5 other water sources, 4 chlorination units and 5 water treatment plants.

Five new wastewater treatment plants

Connecting the population of eight towns to a municipal sewer network will involve a major extension to existing sewer facilities. In total, 202 km of new sewer network and five new wastewater treatment plants will be built. A further 31 km of sewer network and three wastewater treatment plants will be rehabilitated. Finally, there will be 47 new and rehabilitated pumping stations.

The realisation of the project will deliver much greater protection for human health and the environment. It will reduce pollution in the local area by removing a significant amount of water polluted with organic and nutrient material that is currently discharged directly into watercourses, subsoil and groundwater.

Over the three years of the project, 150 jobs will be directly created. Around 20 jobs will be created in the subsequent operational phase.

Total and EU funding

The total project cost is some EUR 119 868 031. The EU’s European Regional Development Fund will contribute EUR 92 668 506 for the programming period 2007-13.


Draft date

01/01/2007