The quantity of drinking water distributed to consumers of Romania was 740.7 million cubic meters at the end of 2016, declining by 3.2 million cubic meters compared to the previous year (0.4 percent), while the length of the distribution network of drinking water increased by 3.6 percent up to 79,677.6 km, according to the data of the National Institute of Statistics (INS) released on Tuesday.
“On 31 December 2016, the simple length of the drinking water distribution network was 79,677.6 km, by 2,732.6 km higher than overall the country, compared to the situation existing at the end of 2015. The amount of drinking water distributed to consumers at the end of 2016 was 740.718 million cubic meters, by 3.289 million cubic meters less than in 2015. Of this quantity, the drinking water distributed for household use was 563.416 million cubic meters, namely 76.1 percent of the total,” the INS release revealed.
The dosage of drinking water distributed to consumers having installed watermeters, of the total that was distributed, is 94.8 percent, the difference in the amount of drinking water distributed being recorded in a “flat rate” system.
In respect to the sewerage network, the total length at the end of 2016 was 34,353.4 km, out of which 24,133.5 km in cities and towns. In 2016, the wastewater discharge from households and economic and social units, was carried out in 313 cities and towns and 871 villages.
Compared to the previous year, in 2016, the length of the sewerage network extended by 2,650.8 km (by 1,149.1 km in the urban area and by 1,501.7 km in the rural area).
According to the INS data, the households connected to sewerage systems in 2016 accounted for 49.1 percent of the residents of Romania, namely 9,702,739 inhabitants who had their houses connected to the sewage system (SS).
In respect to waste water treatment, the households connected to sewage systems provided with sewage treatment plants (STP) was 9,415,524, accounting for 47.7 percent of the country’s resident population.