Improved waterworks extended to tens of thousands of citizens in Romania

An overhaul of the wastewater infrastructure means safe, clean drinking water bringing this region up to European standards.

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Hunedoara County, located in the west of Romania, is home to almost 500 000 people. The project addresses the clean water needs of a large number of the county’s inhabitants living in the agglomerations of Deva, Hunedoara, Brad, Calan, Hateg and Simeria. The works are carried out ‘in-house’, meaning by a provider that is owned by the municipality, namely APA PROD S.A. This company was established in 2001 by Hunedoara County Council and other local councils to manage the collection, treatment and distribution of water for the benefit of citizens. As the operator is already majority owned by the municipality, there are no issues around state aid.

An extensive reach

The project involves all parts of the water system – collection, distribution, and treatment plants. New wastewater treatment plants are being constructed in Hunedoara, Calan and Deva and the existing treatment plants in Santamaria Orlea and Brad overhauled. The agglomerations of Brad, Simeria, Hateg, Hunedoara, Calan and Deva have their wastewater collection systems extended and rehabilitated. The drinking water transmission pipes for water supply are being extended and rehabilitated in Hateg, Calan, Simeria, Deva and 14 other localities. Pumping stations, reservoirs and chlorination plants form part of the construction works.

In all, 32 km of the transmission network and 76 km of the distribution network is being constructed, rehabilitated and/or extended as necessary. Finally, the project is providing technical assistance for project management and supervision.

Reaching standards, reaching citizens

When this project is fully implemented, the areas mentioned will be in compliance with the Accession Treaty and the objectives of the Sectoral Operational Programme for Environment. An additional 16 500 people will be connected to the wastewater system and an additional 9 300 people will be connected to the water supply system as a result of the project. In total, 160 000 people will benefit from the project i.e. 100 % of the population in the localities mentioned. The implementation of the project is expected to create 150 jobs.

Access to a clean water supply and effective wastewater system is the right of every European citizen and this project aims to bring this area of Romania up to standard. What’s more, effective water distribution is necessary for industries and businesses so this overhaul makes the region a more desirable place to set up business which in turn has an effect on employment.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Extension and rehabilitation of water and wastewater Infrastructure in Hunedoara County” is EUR 106 684 333 with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 88 232 538 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “Extension and modernisation of water and wastewater systems” of the Operational Programme “Environment”.

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