New sewage system in Slovakia to reduce pollution and improve quality of life

Upgrades to three waste-water treatment plants, construction of a new sewage system and installation of 47 pumping stations are being carried out in order to improve waste-water collection and treatment in Slovakia’s Trenčín and Nitra regions. The work, which is supported by European Union funding, should ensure that sewage systems in the area comply with EU requirements for urban waste-water treatment.

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Improvements to the waste-water treatment plants at Topoľčany, Partizánske and Bánovce nad Bebravou comprise mechanical and biological components, as well as sludge-processing facilities. The sewage system built under the project is 45.37 kilometres in length and will be connected to 2078 houses.

The new installations ensure the provision of high-quality waste-water collection and treatment services for seven settlements: Topoľčany, Bošany, Solčany, Kovarce, Partizánske, Veľké Uherce and Bánovce nad Bebravou.

Waste-water treatment in line with EU standards

The European Union has detailed regulations concerning urban waste-water treatment which aim to protect the environment from the adverse effects of waste-water discharge. The rules focus on the collection, treatment and discharge of domestic waste-water, mixed waste-water and waste-water from certain industrial sectors.

Some EUR 81.67 million – of which more than EUR 47 million is provided through EU co-financing – has been invested in bringing waste-water collection and treatment facilities serving the towns and villages covered by the project into conformity with EU requirements. By achieving this objective, the upgrades are contributing to reducing the pollution of surface and groundwater and improving quality of life across the region.

Modernisation of the three treatment plants will ensure that they reach the required capacity for waste-water and that nutrients which cause pollution are eliminated from the water the plants collect. It will also guarantee that effluent from the plants is treated in line with EU standards to ensure that it does not present a risk to the environment following its discharge.

Phase two of a wider project

The work carried out under this project is the second phase of improvements to waste-water collection and treatment installations in the seven towns and villages concerned. The upgrades should be finalised during 2017, with connections of the facilities to homes in the areas scheduled for completion in 2022.

Over both phases, EUR 98.6 million is being invested in the work. The overall length of the sewage system is 96.56 kilometres, and a total of 49 pumping stations will be built. In all, 3717 homes are to be connected to the new facilities.

By 2022, it is estimated that more than 100 000 people will benefit from the new sewer network and the reconstructed waste-water treatment plants.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Čistiareň odpadových vôd Sever, II. fáza” is EUR 81 673 753, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 47 019 184 through the “Quality of Environment” Operational Programme for the 2014-2020 programming period.

 

Draft date

31/03/2017