The situation in the field of environmental protection is not satisfactory, and the most ambitious project that protects rivers is the Clean Serbia project, Predrag Bogdanović, president of the Association for water technology and sanitary engineering.
“The situation is not satisfactory, there is a lot of talk and planning about it, but little is done and realized on the ground.” There are many reasons for this and it is difficult to list them all. There is progress in the construction of regional landfills and several wastewater treatment plants, but it is still not enough. “The area of water quality should be included in the priorities, not only for the fulfillment of the requirements of Chapter 27 in EU accession, but for the sake of the people who live here and their future,” said Bogdanović.
In a statement for Industry, he expressed the view that it is necessary to increase the pace and efficiency in this area.
“Large investments are involved, so quality planning and design, selection of priorities, taking care of management and maintenance costs are extremely important, of course with adequate
notification and participation of the professional public. I would especially emphasize that for the construction of the WWTP, it is necessary to take into account the problems we face on the ground, namely the lack of professional staff who will manage those facilities and maintain them regularly, the lack of sewerage infrastructure, as well as the economic factor – affordability to users,” said Bogdanović.
In his opinion, the most ambitious program dealing with this topic is “Clean Serbia”.
“The most ambitious program in the field of construction of sewerage network and waste water treatment plant in the Republic of Serbia that is ongoing is called “Clean Serbia”, the implementation of which is under the responsibility of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure. “This program was conceived on the basis of the need for increased ecological protection of waters, and the number of inhabitants covered is about two and a half million in 69 local self-government units,” said Bogdanović.