Extension and the rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems in Olt County

The project represents the first step of a long term investment plan for the development and upgrading of the water and wastewater systems in Olt county. It consists of investments for improving drinking water treatment and distribution as well as wastewater collection and treatment in the agglomerations of Slatina, Scornicesti, Draganesti Olt, Piatra Olt and Potcoava. It will be implemented by the Regional Operating Company "S.C Compania de Apa Olt S.A". It aims at complying with the relevant EU environmental legislation and in turn improve the quality of the water services.

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Project description

As regards water supply, the project mainly consists of works for the rehabilitation of well fields, the extension of 10 km of transmission pipelines and the replacement of some 12 km, the replacement and construction of new distribution pipelines (about 103 km), the construction and rehabilitation of 6 chlorination plants, 9 water reservoirs and 18 pumping stations. As regards wastewater collection and treatment, the  project involves the rehabilitation and extension of about 36 km of sewers collectors, the construction of 4 pumping stations and the rehabilitation of four wastewater treatment plants

What are the project likely benefits ?

Some 116 000 inhabitants living in the project area will directly benefit from improved water services. Particularly, the investment will improve the quality of life of the citizens living in the service area by ensuring better access to drinking water and wastewater services: 100 % of the population of the concerned municipalities will have access to compliant drinking water supply after project implementation, whereas 82% of the population of the concerned wastewater agglomeration will be connected to the sewerage system in Slatina and Scorcinesti and 54% in Draganesti Olt, Piatra Olt and Potcoava. Safe drinking water will contribute to reducing health risks for the population. Wastewater disposal and treatment will improve the hygienic conditions and the quality of the environment. Reliable and compliant water services will in turn make the Olt county a more attractive place to invest in. The project is expected to directly create 720 jobs during the implementation phase.

What are the project likely environmental benefits ?

Thanks to the improvement of the wastewater collection and treatment, the project will bring about a considerable reduction of organic and nutrient pollution load discharged directly into the Danube river, and therefore in the Danube delta. Significant environmental benefits will also stem from the elimination of groundwater and subsoil contamination thanks to the extension of the wastewater system, replacing the existing individual treatments. The expected reuse of sludge in agriculture will also allow for corresponding savings in chemical fertilizers.

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