Major overhaul for a county’s water networks

Water services are being vastly improved in eight towns and communes across a large county in south-eastern Romania. This work will deliver EU-standard drinking water and wastewater to almost their entire population.

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The four-year project targets some 59 700 people and will include the construction of three wastewater treatment plants. It will be implemented over four years by the regional operating company S.C Apa - Canal Ilfov S.A.

Extensive measures

Part-funded by the EU, the project consists of investments in drinking water extension and rehabilitation systems, plus a wastewater collection system. Target municipalities include Pantelimon, Dobroiesti, Bragadiru, Cornetu, Domnesti, Ciorogarla, Branesti and Cernica – all located in the county surrounding the capital city of Bucharest. One of the main goals is to ensure a cleaner environment.

Among the project's key measures are the extension and rehabilitation of groundwater sources, water transmission pipes and treatment plants and chlorination stations. Also planned are the construction and rehabilitation of water reservoirs and pumping stations, in addition to the extension and rehabilitation of distribution networks.

There will also be extensive work on wastewater, with enhancements and extensions to its collection and discharge pipes. New wastewater treatment plants are to be built in Bragadiru-Cornetu, Domnesti-Ciorogarla, and Branesti – capable respectively of handling sewage for populations equivalent to 16 200, 13 000 and 11 330.

Near total coverage

By the end of the project, more than 99% of those in the target areas will be connected to the new or improved drinking water and wastewater services, thus benefiting close to 60 000 people.

Improvement of the wastewater collection and treatment will significantly reduce the amount of organic and nutrient pollution discharged directly into local water bodies. Extension of the wastewater system should also deliver major environmental benefits, by eliminating groundwater and subsoil contamination. Moreover, the local economy will benefit from the creation of 170 jobs during the project implementation and almost 50 jobs during the operating stage.

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