EU approves EUR 128 million for water infrastructure in Croatia
The European Commission has approved an investment of EUR 128 million from the cohesion fund to modernize water supply, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment infrastructures in the urban Croatian area of Split-Solin.
The entire project value is estimated at EUR 228 million. Additional funds will be provided by Croatian state institutions.
The project includes the construction of 60 kilometers and modernization of 4.3 kilometers of the water network, the construction of the 14 pump stations, and 1,243 individual connections. A total of 4,011 citizens will get access to high-quality drinking water while 25,000 will receive adequate wastewater treatment.
A total of 4,011 citizens will get access to high-quality drinking water while 25,000 with receive adequate wastewater treatment
In addition to the environmental benefits, upgrading the water infrastructure will also help stimulate the local economy by boosting tourism, which is the region’s main economic activity, the commissioners said in a press release.
The project will bring the water infrastructures of the Split-Solin urban area in line with the EU directives
According to the European Union’s executive arm, the project will bring the water infrastructures of the Split-Solin urban area in line with the the directives on water, drinking water, and urban wastewater.
Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, said water is one of the most precious resources, but that not everyone has equal access to drinking water.
“Thanks to this investment from the EU, Croatian citizens will benefit from more efficient use of water sources, guaranteeing better drinking water quality and cleaner wastewater, which will ultimately reduce pollution in the sea and groundwater,” she said.