Tapping into water opportunities with careful analysis

By building and upgrading stations for monitoring water quality and quantity in Slovenia, setting up new laboratories for chemical and biological analyses, and developing software and equipment for forecasting, the quality of life for Slovenia’s 2 million inhabitants looks set to increase.

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Better flood protection, safer drinking water supply, greater business development opportunities and a more sustainable use of water resources feature among the positive impacts of this project.

Contributing to compliance demands

Upon completion, this major project should help Slovenia achieve the monitoring requirements set out in the EU’s Water Framework Directive, especially with regards to groundwater and surface water monitoring. In terms of economic gains from the project, 44 new jobs will be created during the initial development stages, a further six over the long-term.

A solid basis for analysis and monitoring

The project consists of five main components:

  • Constructing new or upgrading existing stations for monitoring the quality and quantity of groundwater, surface water and sea dynamics, as well as precipitation stations and a weather radar;
  • Building new laboratories for chemical and biological analyses of water and calibration, and purchasing premises for the maritime meteorology and oceanography service;
  • Purchasing equipment for laboratories, a computer centre and vehicles;
  • Developing and installing software for sea dynamics forecasting, drought monitoring, monitoring of groundwater bodies in alluvial regions and flood forecasting systems for the Sava and Soča Rivers;
  • Publicity and information activities.

Management key to keeping water and residents safe

By improving the early warning system against natural disasters, especially floods, the project should contribute to decreasing response times to such disasters, at the same time reducing financial costs for society. Greater efficiency in terms of water management is also expected, resulting in improved groundwater quality, protected drinking water and reduced sea pollution. With the upgrading of the monitoring station network and installation of the weather radar, more accurate daily information on hydrological and meteorological conditions as well as forecasts are anticipated, alongside more comprehensive protection and preservation of water resources.


Draft date

28/09/2011