Improved water treatment facilities are in the pipeline
Cleaner, safer drinking water and improvements to the sewerage system are coming to Hunedoara County in Romania thanks to a major construction project which will upgrade and extend existing infrastructure.
This project aims to improve drinking water treatment and distribution while providing an efficient way to collect and treat wastewater. About 123 000 people living in the municipalities of Petrosani, Vulcan, Lupeni, Petrila, Animoasa and Uricani will see improvements to their water services. After project implementation, 99 % of the local population will have access to good quality drinking water and the same percentage will be connected to the sewerage system. The work will, in fact, connect an additional 2 990 people to a safe drinking water supply system.
Improving wastewater collection and treatment will considerably reduce the organic and nutrient pollution load which is discharged directly into local bodies of water. Significant environmental benefits will also accrue from the elimination of groundwater and subsoil contamination when the wastewater system is extended.
Project engineers will extend water distribution networks by 27 km, rehabilitate two water treatment plants and build three chlorination plants. In addition, more than 60 km of sewerage network will be constructed or rehabilitated, eight wastewater pumping stations will be built or rehabilitated, and one wastewater treatment plant will be upgraded.
Regional operating company SC Apa Serv Valea Jiului SA will carry out the work. The project is expected to generate 60 jobs during the implementation phase.
Total and EU funding
The project ”Extension and Rehabilitation of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Hunedoara County (Jiu Valley Area)” has a total eligible budget of EUR 40 000 000, with the Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 34 000 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.