Better access to drinking water on focus
8 September, 2017
Six major water infrastructure projects will get €155m investment from the EU’s Cohesion Fund to improve water collection, treatment and distribution in Romania, and another €96m will be invested to upgrade water supply and waste water networks in Croatia, the European Commission announced last week. ”Cohesion policy invests so that every citizen has permanent access to clean water, thus protecting both their health and the environment,” European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu (pictured) stated.
The projects in Romania provide the construction and renovation of 18 deep wells and three water treatment plants in Arges County, with approximately 200,000 people as final beneficiaries; the renovation of two reservoirs and the construction of 10 new kilometres of the water distribution network in Dambovita County; the 60km expansion of the water distribution network in Maramures County, from which 230,000 inhabitants will benefit; the construction and modernization of seven water treatment plants in Prahova county, with 167,000 inhabitants as beneficiaries. The construction and renovation of more than 130km of the mains water supply network in other four urban areas will be done with investment from the Cohesion Fund.
Almost €96m from the fund will be invested in similar projects in Croatia's Slavonia and Istria regions and on the island of Krk. "Each euro the EU invests in these projects contributes to better access to clean drinking water and a preserved environment in Croatia, Commissioner Corina Cretu said.
Some 125,000 people in Slavonia will benefit from better access to drinking water as a result of one of the projects, which should be completed by end 2018. Krk is an island home to almost 14,500 people. It hosts 5million tourist overnights per year.