Arad County welcomes improved water and wastewater network

In a bid to enhance the quality of life for local citizens, this project focuses on improving drinking water treatment and distribution, and wastewater collection and treatment in Arad County, including the construction and upgrade of seven wastewater treatment plants.

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Some 261 218 residents in the project area will directly benefit from improved water services, with 98% of those in the municipalities concerned being connected to the drinking water supply, and 96% to the sewerage system.

Stepping stone towards modern system

The project represents the first stage of a long-term investment plan to develop and upgrade the water and wastewater systems in Arad County. The agglomerations concerned are Ghioroc, Ineu, Arad, Fantanele, Curtici, Macea, Santana, Pancota, Galsa, Paulis, Siria, Pecica, Lipova and Nadlac.  The company ‘S.C. Compania de Apa Arad S.A.’ will be in charge of running the project which is expected to generate 400 direct jobs during the initial construction phase and 14 more once up and running.

Greater coverage connects more citizens

Upon completion, an additional 69 894 residents will be connected to a compliant wastewater system, with an additional 14 352 connected to a safe drinking water supply system. The final result should also see the region meet the water compliance obligations set out in the Accession Treaty as well as the objectives of the Sectoral Operational Programme for Environment.

Pollution levels to fall

The works undertaken primarily involve measures to rehabilitate well fields, water treatment plants and water transmission pipes, extend and rehabilitate the distribution network, including pumping stations, rehabilitate reservoirs, extend and rehabilitate the sewage network, including pumping stations, and construct and upgrade seven wastewater treatment plants.

In terms of environmental impacts, the improved wastewater collection and treatment will bring about a considerable reduction in organic and nutrient pollution load discharged directly into receiving water bodies. Other major environmental benefits will also stem from the elimination of groundwater and subsoil contamination.

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