First-class new water services

The city of Oradea and three nearby towns are getting a major upgrade to their water services, with direct benefits for some 240 000 people.

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This large-scale project focuses on improvements to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Once completed, it will include a number of new reservoirs and pumping stations.

Covering a wide area

Bihor County is located in north-western Romania. Home to more than half a million people, it partly shares a border with Hungary.

The goal of this project is to extend and renovate water supply and treatment systems as well as wastewater collection and treatment. Investments will centre on Oradea, the county’s capital city, while including the town of Beiuş (57 km to the south-west), Tinca (a small commune some 32 km to the south), and Biharia (a large commune around 10 km to the north). The planned improvements will bring water services in these areas up to EU standards.

The work will be carried out by a domestic firm – CS. Compania de APA Oradea S.A. With regards to drinking water, the measures to be taken mainly consist of extending water sources and transmission pipes; developing and renovating distribution networks; and constructing reservoirs, chlorination plants, and pumping stations. In terms of the wastewater sewerage network, activities will include the construction of pumping stations and outlet pipes, together with the construction and the upgrading of wastewater treatment plants.

New and improved network

In total, the project will notably deliver 40 km of new transmission mains, a new and renovated distribution network of around 140 km, nine new pumping stations, three new reservoirs, and four new chlorination plants. For wastewater disposal and treatment, the areas concerned will, for example, benefit from sewer networks being extended by more than 125 km, 24 new pumping stations, plus three new and upgraded wastewater treatment plants.

Following completion of the project, close to 240 000 people in the target area will enjoy better access to drinking water and wastewater services. An estimated 99.6 % will have access to drinking water conforming to EU standards, representing an increase of around 26 400 inhabitants; and 98.9 % of those living in the target area will be connected to the improved sewerage system.

During the implementation phase, the work will generate over 310 jobs. Moreover, improvements in the wastewater collection and treatment processes are sure to lead to significant reductions in organic and nutrient pollution locally. The environment in the target area will also benefit from reduced groundwater and subsoil contamination.

Total and EU funding

The project “Extension and modernisation of water and wastewater infrastructure in Bihor county” has a total eligible budget of EUR 83 274 500, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 63 542 200 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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