In the Municipality of Majdanpek, the largest part of the main project for the construction of the sewage network within the “Clean Serbia” Project has already been completed, confirmed Slobodan Krajic, Acting Director of PUC “Vodovod” Majdanpek.
On the territory of Majdanpek, the “Clean Serbia” Project plans for, in addition to three sewage networks, the construction of a wastewater treatment plant.
“The largest part of the main project has been completed, but as it plans for the construction of only the so-called highway, a supplementary project related to the installation of pipes that will connect the buildings with the main sewage network is necessary, and our company will be involved in that work”, says Slobodan Krajic, Acting Director of PUC “Vodovod” Majdanpek, adding that the investment in sewage infrastructure in Majdanpek, Donji Milanovac and Rudna Glava will amount to around nine million Euros.
Krajic also notes that with the completion of this project, one of the biggest municipal problems will be addressed.
Public Utility Company „Vodovod i kanalizacija“ of Novi Sad has announced that the settlements of Liman 1 and Liman 2 will get a full reconstruction of sewage network.
„The existing sewage network is very old and the feces that pour into the underground pollute the “Strand” source, which has not been in operation since 2008, announced the Novi Sad company “Vodovod i kanalizacija”.
In order to return the source to its function, Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure financed the reconstruction of the sewage network through the “Clean Serbia” Project – it is being done section by section, and the deadline for the completion of works is three years from the start of the works. The first phase has been completed, and the pace of work has been accelerated so that everything will be operational as early as next year.
In Blagoja Parovica Street and neighboring streets, the network is being reconstructed, and pipes and manholes will be replaced. The contractor is the Chinese company CRBC, and the investor is “Vodovod i kanalizacija” Novi Sad. Due to the aforementioned works, residents of Blagoja Parovica and Milice Stojadinovic Srpkinje Streets have to move their vehicles from the parking lot, so that the works can proceed without disruption and be completed in a month and a half.
The president of the municipality of Golubac, Dr. Nebojša Mijović, said that the preparation of the technical documentation is nearing completion, and that probably by the end of this year, possibly at the beginning of next year, the construction of the sewage network will begin along the entire coast of this part of the Danube, within the “Clean Serbia” project.
“If the works start this year, we expect the project to be completed in the next year and a half, when the settlements of Usija, Vinica and others will finally get a sewage network,” said Mijović, emphasizing the ecological aspect of the “Clean Serbia” project, as for Golubac, as well as for the Danube River.
The municipality of Golubac received funds for the construction of 61 kilometers of sewage network as part of the “Clean Serbia” project, and the “Clean Serbia” project in Golubac also includes the installation of a wastewater treatment plant.
“Pollution of water sources endangers drinking water,” Zaklina Zivković and Strahinja Macic, activists of the “Right to Water” initiative, told EURACTIV. According to the data presented by them, it can be concluded that the “Clean Serbia” Project is of crucial importance for the Republic of Serbia.
In Serbia, only 55% of the population is connected to sewage systems. Wastewater treatment plants (where they exist) were mostly built more than 30 years ago and often use outdated technologies. According to the level of construction of sewage infrastructure, Serbia belongs to the group of medium developed countries, while in terms of wastewater treatment it is at the very bottom. Also, a total of 47 cities and municipalities have wastewater treatment plants, of which 26 are in operation (with two under reconstruction and five in trial operation), Mondo reports.
“The key problems of water supply in Serbia are the endangerment of water sources by pollution, the provision of a sufficient amount of healthy drinking water, large losses in the water supply network and the upcoming privatization of utility companies. Serbia does not have enough water, so a million citizens have permanent or occasional access to healthy drinking water. The situation in Vojvodina is perhaps the worst, because groundwater reserves have been overexploited for a long time, and with the increase in depth, their quality also decreases significantly; there is no possibility of restoring them. Groundwater reserves in the valleys of large rivers are significantly threatened by large-scale and almost uncontrolled exploitation of sand and gravel,” Macic explained.
Speaking about the existing reservoirs, Zaklina Zivković states that they are threatened by various factors.
“Existing reservoirs are threatened due to climate change (major droughts and floods), but also due to pollution, illegal construction, failure to take anti-erosion measures on a sufficient scale, wastewater from agriculture, discharge of wastewater into affluents without treatment, inadequate municipal waste management… But the biggest problem is certainly the usurpation of the banks of these reservoirs and what that usurpation entails,” says Zivkovic.
Micic tells EURACTIV that there is no water supply system in Serbia that does not face enormous losses on the network – in Belgrade about 30%, in Kragujevac 42%, in Uzice 54%, and there are even worse examples. The inappropriate treatment of groundwater sources, which are now in good condition, like Makis in Belgrade, is a concern. The situation in central Serbia with rural water supply systems is particularly bad in terms of management, quality and availability of water and the condition of the infrastructure. Studies on sanitary protection zones are implemented inconsistently or not at all. And local governments do not have enough economic power to rehabilitate the network and reduce losses to a technically and economically acceptable level. In order to overcome these problems, a determined, coordinated and dedicated action on all levels of government is needed,” Micic explained.
The above data indicate that the implementation of the Clean Serbia Project is of key importance for the preservation of water sources. We remind you that the number of inhabitants included in this program is about two and a half million in 69 local government units. The construction of over 5,206,679.31 m of sewage network is planned, and the number of plants is almost half of that required for the whole of Serbia (165 WWTPs).
In the following period, more than 250 kilometers of sewage network with purifiers will be built in Sombor through the „Clean Serbia“ Project, as was announced by the Mayor of Sombor, Antonio Ratkovic.
While talking about the significant projects for the Town of Sombor, the Mayor put a special emphasis on the „Clean Serbia“ Project, putting forward the plan to build more than 250 kilometers of sewage network with purifiers.
„We are also expecting the construction of the Regional Waste Management Center ‚Rancevo‘ to begin soon, which will be a turning point when it comes to environmental protection and which is bound to alter the environmental picture of Sombor, but also the wider region, in a significant way. Implementation of these projects requires time, but it is our duty to, slowly but surely, facilitate that process and create the best possible conditions for the future generations“ Ratkovic said for the Pancevo Radio Television channel.
Town of Sombor signed an Annex to the Contract pertaining to the implementation of the „Clean Serbia“ Project with the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and the Chinese Company CRBC back in May. As was then described by Ratkovic, the works had been planned in three phases, and the signed Annex pertains to the construction of a sewage network in the length of 82 km and the value of those works is estimated to be 38 million Euros
Reconstruction of a parking lot and sidewalk in the Dr Ivana Ribara in Novi Sad has b een completed. As was stated by the PUC „Parking servis“, the works have been executed on the surface of around 1000 square meters, by which 70 parking lots have been reconstructed as well as 100 square meters of sidewalk.
Together with these works, a complete sewage network has been completed as part of the „Clean Serbia“ Project, and shortly after that everything was returned to its original state.
Due to the dilapidation of the asphalt base, a road on the surface of 1400 square meters, in the length of around 250 meters has been renewed, as well as a space next to garages, surface of which is 1160 square meters.
The President of the Muncipality of Prijepolje Drago Popadic has announced great investments into the Settlement of Ivanje in the following period. One of the most significant out of those, is the implementation of the „Clean Serbia“ Project.
The priority in the settlement of Ivanje in the Municipality of Prijepolje is the construction of sewage network, and this municipality is currently in the process of preparation of design and technical documentation.
„Preparation of design and technical documentation is slowly coming to an end. We expect it to be finished by the end of August, and we will send a letter to the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure afterwards in order to approe the funds for the construction of sewage network in Ivanje, since that is our priority in this settlement“, Popadic said.
According to what he said, there have not been any investments into this settlement for a long time, so together with the implementation of the „Clean Serbia“ Project, public lighting will be placed as well.
„What I am most proud of when it comes to relations between Belgrade and Beijing is the mutually benefitial cooperation in tackling all sorts of challenges, which strengthens our steel friendship“ said the Ambassador Chen Bo for Tanjug and emphasized that the number of goals ahead us in the field of cooperation is always greater than the number of accomplished ones, but which there of are too many to count.
While mentioning numerous projects initiated during her term in office in Serbia, Ambassador Bo also included the „Clean Serbia“ Project.
„In the field of environmental protection, we are part of the ‚Clean Serbia‘ Project, and in the field of telecommunications China is the partner of ‚Telekom Srbija‘ on the Project ALL-IP Transformation“ said Bo and added that Chinese companies provide more than 25000 jobs for the local populace.
Cooperation between Serbia and China is, the way she assesses it, thanks to the Belt and Road Initiative, which celebrates its ten year anniversary this year, has made a significant success on all fields, says the Ambassador, whose term in office will be engraved in golden letters in the history of Chinese and Serbian diplomatic relations.
„Thanks to the ‚Clean Serbia‘ Project, all residents of Novi Becej will soon be able to connect to a sewage network“, said the president of the Municipality, Sasa Maksimovic.
The very settlement of Novi Becej has only been covered by 40 per cent by sewage so far, he stated, emphasiszing that, apart from laying down the pipes, necessary plants are also being constructed.
Novo Miloševo already has a pressure sewage, and the other part of Novi Becej will get a vacuum sewage, so there will be two types of sewage that can be found in Serbia. The value of this investment is around 25 million Euros, while the deadline for the completion is three years.
The Municipality of Novi Becej has had the environmental aspect in mind during the construction of the sewage, so at the same time, a wastewater purifier is being built.
While the state is putting in the effort to systematically address the lack of sanitary landfills, illegal landfills citizens are creating illegal landfills almost everywhere. Additionally, it is very difficult to identify the perpetrators, since illegal landfills are usually created next to roads, on the river banks and near forests.
According to the data in Novi magazin, in a span of just one year, almost 403 new illegal landfills have appeared, and many are not even covered by the list since new ones keep „popping up“ on a daily basis.
According to the data of the Environmental Protection Agency, 3059 illegal landfills are officially registered in Serbia. Taking into consideration the daily appearance of new illegal landfills, this number cannot be regarded as being constant throghout the year.
Illegal landfills do not only tain the esthetics of the environment, but their impact on the fauna and flora around them is far more dangerous. That effect is more visible if those landfills are created around river banks, where in case of heavy rainfall and rising level of river water, the waste is practically carried into the stream, negatively impacting the river biodiversity and creating an obstacle to the defense against floods. Additionally, citizens often dispose of chemically dangerous waste at illegal landfills.
The „Clean Serbia“ Project plans for the creation of sanitary landfills, but illegal landfills remain the obligation of local governments and supervision of their inspections.