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September 26, 2021

Bucharest finally gets wastewater treatment plant

“By completing the first stage of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (SEAU) project, Bucharest is one step closer to the great European capitals, as it was the only capital in Europe not to have such a plant,” the Bucharest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu stated on Monday, on the inauguration of the Glina wastewater treatment plant.  “The technical target of Stage I is to treat half of the wastewater flow coming in from the city (10 cubic metres/sec), whereas, in Stage II, following works to extend the plant, which will be completed in 2015, it will be possible to process the entire water flow,” the mayor explained. The total cost of works for Stage I of SEAU amounted to EUR 108.3 M, 65 pc of which were covered from European funds, while the remaining amount came from Government funds – 3 pc, EBRD – 11 pc and EIB – 27 pc. The estimated cost of investments for the second stage is approx. EUR 350 M.

The deputy director of Apa Nova, Epsica Chiru, presented in detail the wastewater treatment process, adding that the plant has the capacity to generate approx. 50-60 pc of the electric power it needs to operate. Apa Nova is SEAU’s operator.  The rehabilitation of the Glina wastewater treatment plant contains the negative impact of wastewater penetrating the groundwater in the Dambovita basin area, strong pollution and the unpleasant smell issued by the water, reduces health risks for the population, creates new jobs and allows Romania to align with the EU’s environmental standards. Participants in the inauguration included ex-Romanian president Ion Iliescu, the French and Greek ambassadors in Bucharest, as well as representatives of the companies which designed and built the plant.

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