Improving water supply and wastewater treatment in Prahova county

Eight towns and the surrounding environment will benefit from improved drinking water supplies and a greatly extended sewerage network.

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A major investment to supply drinking water and extend wastewater treatment will boost environmental protection in Prahova county in southern Romania.

Network to reach over 90 % of population

Regional water company Hidro Prahova will carry out the water infrastructure improvement works in eight towns in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains: Câmpina, Breaza, Sinaia, Baicoi, Mizil, Valenii de Munte, Plopeni and Urlati.

The programme of works is designed to improve the protection of the environment and public health in the towns affected, which are home to some 167 000 people. Once completed, 96 % of the population concerned will have access to the drinking water supply, and 91 % will be connected to the sewerage network.

To improve the supply of drinking water to the population, the works will include a new river intake, 21 km of new transmission network, 36 km of new and upgraded distribution network, 14 new pumping stations, and 12 new and rehabilitated water treatment plants.

On the wastewater side, the company will construct 280 km of new sewerage network, 25 km of new pressure pipes, 76 new wastewater pumping stations, and seven new and upgraded wastewater treatment plants with the capacity to cope with the increased quantity of collected waste.

Creating jobs and improving environment

The towns involved in the project are located to the north and east of Prahova’s county seat, Ploiești, an industrial centre 60 km north of Bucharest known for its oil production and refining.

The project will create 200 jobs during the three years of the works phase, with a further 10 jobs created for the long term. It will also help Romania meet the obligations made when it joined the EU, and comply with EU environmental standards. By improving wastewater collection and treatment, the volume of organic and nutrient pollution discharged into local watercourses will be greatly reduced. Extending the sewerage network will also reduce the pollution of subsoil and groundwater.

Total and EU funding

The project “Rehabilitation and modernisation of water and sewerage systems in Prahova” has estimated eligible costs for funding of EUR 146 234 623, to which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 6 534 693 during the programming period 2007-2013.

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