Investment will provide more people with wastewater services

Currently only about 66 % of the population of Sochaczew city in Poland are connected to the sewerage network. A major project to extend the sewer system promises to boost coverage to about 95 % in 2012.

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The scheme will extend the sewer network by 91.3 km, which will provide services to an additional 11 138 inhabitants. Furthermore, 3.4 km of the existing network will be modernised. Work will include the construction of gravitational pressure sewers in the areas of Rozlazłów, Karwowo, North Wypalenisko and Chodaków as well as upgrading the town centre’s sewerage system. 39 pumping stations will also be built as part of the project. (The network to be built includes the length of a pipe to the border of a property or to the first drain. Connections are not included in the project costs.)

The main wastewater pumping station will be modernised as part of the programme of activities – something that will benefit all Sochaczew residents. Work here will include replacing and upgrading various mechanical parts and equipment, the purchase of a reserve sludge pump and the construction of an area to load sludge onto a trailer. In addition, a roof will be built over the sludge pit and the plant’s power system will receive an upgrade.

The plant’s capacity will remain unchanged and treated wastewater will continue to be discharged into the Bzura river. Meanwhile, three local treatment plants at Osadnik, Korczak and the District Hospital will be closed as part of the overall scheme.

Continued improvements

This project represents Phase I of a wider investment. Phase II, planned for 2012 to 2015, is for the construction of sewers and water pipelines in parts of the city not covered by Phase I. The two Phases are in fact technologically and financially independent of each other. Taken as a whole, the plans to improve sewer infrastructure in Sochaczew should lead to a 98 % connection rate to wastewater services by 2015.

Total and EU funding

The project “Improvement of Water and Wastewater Management in Sochaczew – Stage I” has a total eligible budget of EUR 44 011 172, with the EU’s Cohesion fund contributing EUR 27 320 155 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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