Last year saw additional kilometers of sewage network

Not even the cold weather could stop the works on the construction of sewage network across Serbia in the process of implementation of the „Clean Serbia“ Project. Many sites have been active for quite some time at the dozens of different locations.

Annexes of contracts which stipulate lenghts and locations were signed with multiple cities last year, which opened up the option of connecting to the sewage network for a large number of households, which had been using septic tanks or even illegal sewage lines constructed without any documentation.

The works included a reconstruction of sewage networks at multiple location, which had lost their original function due to dilapidation.

„We had the problem of inaccessible terrain at several locations which made the work even more difficult and which required serious designing and additional, unplanned works“ say the people working in Regional Centers of the „Clean Serbia“ Project.

The completed works include not only the installation of pipes and construction of manholes but also the finishing works of laying the pavement.

The „Clean Serbia“ Project is a definitive step which Serbia is taking towards the preservation of healthy environment, rivers and the increase in the quality of life of its citizens. Together with the Chinese partner, the company CRBC, only in the last year, more than 40 km in 15 cities and municipalities were constructed at more than 70 sites and micro locations.

Regional Center Valjevo

-Krupanj 3,441.84

-Mionica 8,334.97

-Lajkovac 31,278.99

-Banja Vrujci 7,873.86

Regional Center Obrenovac

-Obrenovac 23,532.47

-Lazarevac 16,154.79

-Veliki Crljeni 24,545.2

Regional Center Novi Sad

-Novi Sad 50,740.75

-Novi Becej 48,453.43

Regional Center Kragujevac

-Kragujevac 26,407.3

-Knic 22,146.42

Regional Center Bor

-Kladovo 29,582.59

-Kucevo 20,801.5

Regional Center Nis

-Svrljig 4,805.4

-Varvarin 39,544.35

-Vranje 58,213.3


*measurements given are expressed in meters

Others about “Clean Serbia”: Works on Liman 2

Works on the reconstruction of the sewage network at Liman 2, as part of the “Clean Serbia” project, continued this year and are currently taking place in the courtyard of the buildings between Boška Buha and Blagoj Parović streets, reports Gradske info.
Earlier in this part of the city, as part of the same project, works on the reconstruction of the sewage network were completed in the streets of Milica Stojadinović Srpkinje, Ravanička, Resavska, Dr Ivan Ribara and Dragiša Brašovana.

The “Clean Serbia” project is a national project for the construction and reconstruction of communal infrastructure, the implementation of which is the responsibility of MGSI and which is financed entirely from the budget of the Republic of Serbia, and which was conceived based on the need for increased ecological protection of the environment.

The financial resources provided by this project were invested in the construction of the sewage network, but also in the reconstruction of the existing sewage network in several urban settlements. Investments included in the “Clean Serbia” project are extremely important for all citizens of Novi Sad and the environment in which they live, because the controlled removal of waste water and its purification is one of the most effective ways of preserving natural resources and protecting watercourses from pollution, according to Gradske info.

Krstović: The current solution is “Clean Serbia”

“In the short run, the fact remains that 140 plants are being built through the “Clean Serbia” project. According to the latest information we have, that’s about 85 plants. “Work has already progressed in the local governments, primarily on the construction of the sewage network,” said Slobodan Krstović, Director for Sustainable Development of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development in a guest appearance on the RTS channel.

During a conversation on the topic of wastewater treatment and clean water as the most important resource, Slobodan Krstović, director of NALED, told RTS that he is talking about a civilization’s legacy and that, in addition to sewage, we also have wastewater treatment that goes into our rivers and watercourses. “And that is precisely one of the reasons why we did a study that showed the current state of wastewater management, what necessary infrastructure we have, what else we need to build, what are the financial effects of all those investments and, of course, on the other hand, to shine a light on that environmental problem where every so often we have an incident,” said Krstović.

Krstović also presented current data from the Bureau of Statistics, according to which only about 14.7% of wastewater is treated. “That is the so-called secondary treatment, alongside the mechanical, one biological treatment is used. Which is really, really low. When we look at EU countries, we are somewhere at the rear. The average of 27 EU countries is 80% on 4/5 of waste water is treated. Not to mention that countries such as Austria or the Netherlands, for example, purify 100% of their waste water. And somewhere it is a lightbulb, that is, an alarm to really speed up investments in this area. It’s not that nothing is happening. Both the Ministry of Environmental Protection through EU projects and the Ministry of Construction through the “Clean Serbia” project have started a lot of infrastructure projects regarding purification. It is very important to give information and the fact that if we have less than two-thirds of the sewerage system built, the sewerage network should be built there first, and only after that can we start the treatment. And that is a long-term process that we have entered and it will go on for the next 15-20 years,” explained Krstović.

In his words, according to the plan and program, it is necessary to build 398 waste water treatment plants.” Here, we should point out the large ones especially, with the equivalent of over 150,000 inhabitants, such as Belgrade. There should be 4 of such plants. And that is a separate issue. We have 19 plants that are in the range of 50 to 150 thousand equivalent inhabitants. And precisely those 19 plants would cover about 50% of waste water in the entire Republic of Serbia and their treatment”, said Krstović and specifically pointed out: “In the short run, the fact remains that 140 plants are being built through the “Clean Serbia” project. According to the latest information we have, that’s about 85 plants. “Work has already progressed in the local governments, primarily on the construction of the sewage network”.

RSO: “Clean Serbia” also contributed to GDP growth

According to the data of the Republic Statistical Office (RZS), the growth of the gross value added (GVA) of the construction industry in Serbia for the nine months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022 was 9.2 percent, and the activities on the project “Clean Serbia” also contributed to this growth.

The growth of GVA in construction contributes the most to activities on the construction of traffic infrastructure and the construction of pipelines, communication and electrical lines, as well as the construction of communal and sewerage infrastructure within the “Clean Serbia” project, RSO stated in its analysis.

RSO predicts that the GDP growth of construction in the last quarter of 2023 will amount to about 13 percent, as well as that the service and construction sectors will contribute the most to economic growth in 2023.

The largest part of the wastewater solution – the “Clean Serbia” project

Presenting the data on wastewater treatment in Serbia, the organization NALED presented the information that the largest part of the construction of the wastewater treatment plant is foreseen by the “Clean Serbia” project.

The situation in Serbia when it comes to wastewater treatment is not satisfactory, is the final conclusion of Eurostat’s statistics on the state of waste water treatment, which states that Serbia only treats 14.7% of waste water, while the EU is at the level of 80%.

Guided by Eurostat data, NALED included these statistics as one of the starting points in its new Study on the diagnosis of the state of wastewater management in Serbia, where for the first time, with the support of the expert team of the company Dwoper, all data on the state and plans were listed in one place of water management.

“According to the current regulation, legal entities will have to solve the issue of wastewater in the next two years, while the deadline for local governments is too long until 2040. As part of the study, we created a map that shows that there are 54 wastewater treatment plants in Serbia , of which 12 are not in operation at all, and the average age of all plants is 22 years. Newer plants have Bačka Topola, Leskovac, Kruševac, Vranje, Raška, Šabac and these cities and municipalities can be exemplary examples for what awaits us in the future,” said Director for Sustainable Development at NALED, Slobodan Krstović.

The study identified that the construction of 140 plants is planned, and the largest number is covered by the Serbian-Chinese project “Clean Serbia”, while the rest are financed from the KfW program, EU funds, EBRD loans and own budgets, according to NALED.

Krstović emphasized that the construction of the plant must be preceded by the construction of the sewage network, to which only 67% of the population is connected. Data show that a third of households still use septic tanks as the only substitute for wastewater disposal.

“According to the assessment of the study, it is necessary to invest 4.2 billion euros in sewage and 1.3 billion euros for water purification plants,” said Krstović.

We should not forget that the two basic programs of the “Clean Serbia” project are the construction of a sewage network and a waste water treatment plant, and that many municipalities and cities in Serbia are now already in the second phase of the implementation of the aforementioned project.

Mali: “Clean Serbia” project capital investment in 2024 as well

Siniša Mali, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Serbia and Minister of Finance stated that Serbia will continue with the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project in 2024 as well.

In his New Year’s address to the media, the Minister of Finance stated that there is a clear plan for financing and repaying obligations due in 2024 and stressed that Serbia’s public debt is completely under control.

“We will not announce in advance whether or not we will go to the capital market, but if there is a need, we will go out completely relaxed, relaxed and if we get good offers, we will use that money not for consumption, but for what the citizens of Serbia have benefit, and these are mainly capital investments – from the “Clean Serbia” project, investments in sewage networks, waste water treatment plants, to further investments in local roads, highways, expressways, high-speed railways,” said Mali.