Improving groundwater quality around Poznań

Extending the sewer network and improving drinking water supply will protect the environment in and around the history city.

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Some three-quarters of a million people will benefit from the major infrastructure investment, which will also help Poland meet its EU commitments on the treatment of wastewater.

Extending drinking water and wastewater treatment

This modernisation project will improve water supply and wastewater treatment in Poznań and the nearby towns of Kórnik and Mosina-Puszczykowo. It will improve the drinking water supply for some 620 000 people, and connect 16 000 additional inhabitants to the sewer network. This will take the sewer connection rate to about 94 % in Poznań, 46 % in Kórnik and 89 % in Mosina-Puszczykowo. Overall, it is calculated that some 736 000 inhabitants will benefit from the project.

One of the main elements of the project will be the construction of an integrated water and wastewater monitoring system. In addition to this, over 90 km of sewer network will be built, as well as pumping stations and connections; 6 km of existing sewer network will be reconstructed, along with its connections; sludge-processing facilities in the wastewater treatment plant. The project will see 8.3 km of the drinking water supply network rebuilt, and the water treatment plant at Mosina will be modernised and expanded to handle a throughput of 150 000 m3 a day.

Around 20 new jobs will be created during the works phase of the project, with a separate six new long-term posts to last for the subsequent running of the system.

First phase of a two-stage project

The overall objective of the project is to improve protection of groundwater quality in and around Poland’s fifth largest city, which has a population of over half a million people.

This is the first phase of a larger project, which, in its second phase, will extend and modernise the water and wastewater treatment systems in Poznań and Kórnik, to achieve compliance with EU rules on the treatment of wastewater, the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive. The directive requires cities of over 2 000 inhabitants to provide wastewater treatment to all residents by 2015.

Total and EU funding

The project “Modernisation of the water and waste water management systems for the protection of ground water in Poznan and surroundings, Phase I” has eligible costs of EUR 170 563 224. The EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 94 105 699 in the programming period 2007-2013.


Draft date

04/06/2012