Delivering clean water to Šalek Valley
In a bid to reduce water loss and provide clean drinking water for residents, this project will put in place an integrated water supply system for the densely populated Šalek Valley in north-eastern Slovenia.
A supply network 43.5 km in length as well as three water treatment plants will be constructed, ensuring a reliable, sustainable and safer supply to the 45 000 residents in the area.
Quality water – the name of the game
The project work will take place in Šalek Valley where potable water quality levels have been falling short of acceptable. The existing technologies do not eliminate the harmful components that can be found in the water and fail to carry out the water treatment required. In response to the need to improve the quality of the water supply systems and how they operate and also to reduce the high level of water losses within the network, 43.5 km of primary pipelines and three water treatment plants will be built. The works undertaken cover the construction and connection of pipelines, a water catchment, pumping stations (built and replaced), water storage, a remote control system for surveillance, and hydraulic analysis of the water supply network of Velenje – Šoštanj – Šmartno ob Paki.
Harm eliminated from supply network
The new water network will provide a safe, reliable and sustainable supply of potable water for approximately 45 000 inhabitants in Šalek Valley, connect an additional 1 730 inhabitants to the water supply network in the project area, reduce the high level of water losses from 30% to 25% by the year 2015, reduce the number of inhabitants directly exposed to inadequate drinking water by 3 800 in the area of Šmartno ob Paki, and interconnect the three existing water supply systems into one integrated system which will be more efficient and less costly in terms of operation and maintenance. Savings here, as well as the jobs created once the supply network is up and running, will provide an added boost to the local economy.
It should also be pointed out that the project respects the polluter-pays-principle and will therefore contribute to a better and more coordinated protection of the surface and groundwater sources in the area.