EU Cohesion policy: more than €357 million in improved quality of water and wastewater systems in Romania

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15/03/2021

The European Commission has approved two major investments for a total of €357 million from the Cohesion Fund to expand and modernize the water and wastewater systems in Satu Mare and Brăila Counties in north-west and south-east Romania respectively.

The projects will supply good-quality drinking water, reduce sewage leaks and improve wastewater services, while ensuring compliance with EU Directives for drinking water quality and wastewater treatment. They will also boost the local socio-economic development.

Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira said: “EU Cohesion policy is also about protecting and improving the quality of the most valuable good we have: water. An expanded and modernised water and wastewater infrastructure will improve access to water, reduce soil and water pollution and help protect  biodiversity. By improving the security of water and contributing to a healthier population and environment, these projects will improve local population’s living conditions”.

Specifically, the water distribution network in Satu Mare county will be extended by 260 km and the wastewater network by 450 km. Old pipes will be replaced, and new wells, treatment plants, pumping stations and storage tanks will be built.

The investment in Brăila follows on three previous projects to improve the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems in the county’s four water-supply systems and 14 agglomerations.

Lastly, a supervisory and control system will increase the quality of service to consumers and reduce costs for the beneficiary.

More information regarding EU funded investments in Romania is available on the Open Data Platform.

 

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