Rehabilitating Vrancea’s water system

According to the EU Water Framework Directive, the main objective of Romania’s water management policy is to reach a “good ecological status” for all waters by 2015, through the integrated management of water resources.

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The Vrancea project aims to extend and modernise the water and wastewater infrastructure in Vrancea County in the Sud-Est Region of Romania. It marks the first step in a long term investment plan to develop and upgrade the water and wastewater systems in the county, with the target population estimated at around 159 997 inhabitants.

Access to clean water and a functioning wastewater and sewage network is important for the health and well being of the population. However, while 91% of Romania’s urban population has access to piped drinking water, this figure falls to 21% for the rural population; and only 18% of the total population have access to wastewater treatment plants with sufficient treatment systems. Therefore the project to extend and modernise the water and wastewater infrastructure in Vrancea County is extremely important.

Rehabilitating the water supply

The project consists of rehabilitating the water supply and treatment systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems in order to meet the water compliance obligations in Romania’s Accession Treaty and the objectives of the Sectoral Operational Programme for Environment. This it will accomplish by improving well fields, water treatment plants and water transmission pipes, the extension and rehabilitation of the distribution network, the creation and rehabilitation of water and wastewater pumping stations, extension and rehabilitation of the sewage network and the construction and upgrade of five wastewater treatment plants performing tertiary treatment.

As a result, the connection rate to the sewer collection system will reach 100% provision in Vrancea, connecting an additional 65 442 inhabitants. The project will also connect 100% of the population to the drinking water network, representing an additional 33 760 inhabitants connected to a safe drinking water supply system.

Cleaner environment

The overall benefit of the project in providing safe drinking water will see reduced health risks for the population; while improved wastewater disposal and treatment will see a rise in hygienic conditions and in the quality of the environment. In particular, improvements in wastewater collection and treatment will see a considerable reduction in organic and nutrient pollution discharged directly into the water bodies such as the River Danube.

The project is expected to directly create 150 jobs during the implementation phase and 40 jobs during the operating stage. And in the long term, the project will create reliable and compliant water services which will in turn make Vrancea County a more attractive and healthy place in which to invest in the future.


Draft date

28/09/2011