Ružomberok upgrades sewer network to reach 99 % of population

The development will hook up residents in two villages that had no sewage network to an expanded wastewater treatment plant.

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A project to improve sanitation and the environment will add 6 000 people to the local sewer network and boost sewage treatment capacity.

Over 40 km of pipes to reach 6 000 residents

The project in the Lower Liptov region of Central Slovakia will connect at least 99.2 % of the local population to the sewage network and thus to urban wastewater treatment facilities.

Ružomberok Water Company, a firm owned by the participating municipalities which will undertake the works, will lay over 40 km of sewage pipes across five municipalities, adding nearly 6 000 local residents to the sewage network.

The population of the districts totals some 38 442 inhabitants, of whom just 84.3 % were connected to sewerage network before the project began. The towns and villages involved, besides Ružomberok, are Likavka, Liptovské Sliače, Liptovská Teplá, Ivachnová and Bešeňová. Liptovské Sliače has no sewerage system for its 3 772 inhabitants, nor does Ivachnová.

Increasing plant capacity six-fold

Although the wastewater treatment plant in Ružomberok has sufficient capacity to treat an increased volume of wastewater and meet EU regulations on the pollution of water outflow, the wastewater treatment plant at Liptovská Teplá does not have the capacity to meet an increase in demand.

As part of the project, its capacity will be increased six-fold so that it can deal with the wastewater of Liptovské Sliače and Ivachnová. From a plant with the capacity to treat wastewater of 1 260 inhabitants, it will be expanded to provide for a population of over 8 000 people and meet EU environmental regulations. The infrastructure to convey the waste from the two other municipalities will also be built from scratch.

In Ružomberok and Likavka, parts of the sewage network will be rebuilt and extended to reach a further 1 447 inhabitants. The project will create 160 jobs during the two to three years of the construction works, followed by one full-time post for the long-term.

The Lower Liptov region is characterised by rolling countryside nestled between the foothills of the High Tatras and the Lower Tatras. Ružomberok sits in folds between the hills and has a population of 30 000.

Total and EU funding

The project “Group Sewerage Ružomberok and WWTP Liptovská Teplá, Liptovské Sliače” has total eligible costs of EUR 19 410 820, to which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 14 597 402 during the programming period 2007-2013.

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