The European Union’s Cohesion Fund invested about 66.5 million euro in two projects for the modernization of the water supply and sewerage systems, to be implemented in the western Arad and Mehedinti counties, reads a press release of the European Commission Representation in Romania.
Co-financing for the second phase of these projects is provided through the Cohesion Fund under the current programming period (2014-2020).
“Each euro invested in the member states through the cohesion policy matters, and these two projects represent a new concrete example of a Europe that cares for the well-being of its citizens. I hope the works will be completed within the established deadlines, because such investments co-funded with European money aim both to improve the living conditions of many Romanians and to protect the environment,” European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu said.
According to the release, in Mehedinti County, 39 million euro will be invested in the second phase of the “Extension and modernization of the water and sewerage system” project. Thus, water distribution and water treatment works can be finalized, focusing on the rehabilitation of seven drinking water springs, the construction of eight storage tanks and the modernization of the 200-km drinking and sewerage network. The project is due to be completed by the end of 2019, thus providing quality public water and sewage services for approximately 140,000 inhabitants in the county.
At the same time, in Arad county, approximately 27.5 million euro are meant for the second phase of the “Extension and modernization of the water and sewerage system” project, which includes, inter alia, works on the extension of the water distribution network and the modernization of six waste water treatment plants for the benefit of approximately 253,000 inhabitants.
Started in the 2007 – 2013 budget exercise, both projects have benefited until now from a co-financing of 76.2 million euro (Water System in Arad County) and 10.6 million euro (Water System in Mehedinti County).