The construction of a city collector has been launched in Leskovac as one of three parts of a wastewater management system in the south Serbian town. Serbia treats only 10% of wastewater, while only three towns – Subotica, Šabac, and Vrbas – have wastewater treatment facilities.
The value of works to build the wastewater collector is RSD 417.2 million (about EUR 3.55 million), with RSD 46.5 million (some EUR 395,000) set aside for supervision services. The design, construction, and technical control and supervision, worth nearly RSD 464 million (around EUR 3.94 million), is financed by the Government of Serbia through the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
The City of Leskovac wastewater management system project covers the construction of a central wastewater management facility, the main city collector, and the expansion of the sewer network in suburban areas.
Leskovac will serve as an example of how to regulate wastewater for the entire territory of Serbia
So far, the first phase of construction on the central wastewater management facility, worth RSD 1.2 billion (some EUR 10.2 million), has been completed, while the second phase envisaging the construction of the sludge line, worth RSD 427 million (about EUR 3.63 million), has been recently launched.
As part of the project, 80 kilometers of sewers will be built in suburban areas
The expansion of the sewer network in suburban areas envisages the construction of an 80-kilometer network and is being financed with a donation of nearly EUR 8 million from the Government of the Netherlands.
The main city collector will be 5,150 meters long. Its diameter will be 1,000 millimeters along a 2,050-meter section and 1,200 millimeters along a 3,100-meter section. The collector’s capacity will be 1,300 liters per second during rainfall, otherwise 640 liters per second.
Touring the works on the city collector, Filip Abramović, assistant environmental protection minister for waste and wastewater management, said that Leskovac will serve as an example of how to regulate wastewater for the entire territory of Serbia.
Thanks to the system, wastewater collection and treatment will be rounded off through secondary and tertiary treatment and safe residue removal to avert pollution and releasing wastewaters into rivers or on land, he explained, according to a press release from the ministry.