Work begins on three new construction sites in Kragujevac

The city administration of Kragujevac has announced the execution of works at several locations in that city, as part of the “Clean Serbia” project.

Work on the construction of the missing sewage network is currently being carried out in three streets in the Bresnica settlement: Sopoćanska, where the construction site is being prepared and the excavation is underway, Crnovrška and Darosavska Street.

This spring, works were completed in Čedomir Minderović and Crnorečka streets in the Maršić neighborhood, as well as Baljkovački put in Beloševac.

Radinović: The “Clean Serbia” project is approaching

In the municipality of Stara Pazova, a two-decade-old problem with sewage spills is being solved – a part of the sewage network along the airport in the direction of Batajnica from Nova Pazova has been repaired, and work is currently underway to repair part of the collector in the industrial zone in Nova Pazova.

After that, it remains to rehabilitate another two kilometers of the network through the “Clean Serbia” project, which the local self-government hopes will start in 2025.

“We are approaching the beginning of work on the further construction of the sewage network in the urban settlements of our municipality, and we are also grateful to the Government of the Republic of Serbia, President Aleksandar Vučić, who personally contributed to the inclusion of about 130 km of the network to be built in the large national project Clean Serbia . With these major construction works, which are ahead of us in the next few years, we are achieving a high ecological standard and that is something that the citizens of our Municipality deserve”, emphasized the President of the Municipality, Djordje Radinović.

It is expected that with the completion of these works, the long-standing problem of sewage overflows will be solved, providing the inhabitants of the Stara Pazova municipality with a safer and healthier environment for living.

To protect the Danube River from pollution

Of the 100 percent water coverage of the Earth, according to expert estimates, only about one percent of water is available for human needs, reports Dnevnik.rs. Novi Sad needs a wastewater treatment plant.

Although the world seems to understand the seriousness of the situation, the reality is often different. The biggest enemy of drinking and human-accessible water is waste water discharged into rivers by various polluters, from households to heavy industry.

Dnevnik.rs reports that as early as the eighties, the Faculty of Science and Mathematics began research on waste water in Novi Sad. The goal was to create a cadastre of pollutants. The created cadastre showed some other alarming data, namely that more than 100,000 m3/day of waste water is poured into the Danube River, and that it represents a significant problem for the Danube itself, as a recipient and for the environment.

Dnevnik’s interlocutors point out that Novi Sad needs to build a wastewater treatment plant.

Serbia is no different from many other countries of the same level of development in terms of water and ecosystem conservation. However, significant progress in this field was made precisely through the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project.

In October of last year, a meeting was held between ministers Goran Vesić and Irene Vujović and representatives of the CRBC company with the city management of Novi Sad, where the basic steps in the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in this city were defined.

The facility will be built through the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” project.

With “Clean Serbia” in step with Europe

According to the data transmitted by Eurostat, it is estimated that in 2023, the countries of the European Union invested about 67 billion euros in the funds necessary for the provision of environmental protection services. Through the “Clean Serbia” project, Serbia is investing in the construction of sewage networks and wastewater treatment plants.

According to the same data, services invested in by EU countries included investments in wastewater treatment plants, waste transport vehicles, purchase of land to create a nature reserve or cleaner equipment for production.

Investments in environmental protection in the total investments in 2023 in EU countries amounted to about 1.8 percent, and the largest amount of investments related to waste water (41.6 percent) and waste management services (26.6). Air protection accounted for 10.4 percent of investments in environmental protection, and the general administration for the environment, research and development, as well as radiation protection about 8.4 percent. This is followed by biodiversity and landscape protection (6.4), soil and groundwater protection (5.6) and noise reduction (1.1), reports Eurostat.

The “Clean Serbia” project in our country is one of the largest investments in environmental protection services and is included in the “Serbia 2020-2025” program.

The number of inhabitants included in this program is about two and a half million in 69 local self-government units, and it envisages the construction of over 5,206,679.31 m of sewage network, and the number of facilities is almost half of what is needed for the whole of Serbia (165 WWTPs).

Today is World Environment Day-Hosted by Saudi Arabia

The date of June 5 was set by the UN General Assembly because the 1972 Stockholm Conference on Environmental Protection took place on that day. 113 countries gathered at the conference, which prepared a joint statement on the need for international cooperation in order to protect the environment.

The protection program is called the UNEP. The proposal to celebrate June 5 was made by the delegation of Yugoslavia and according to some sources, this became the central event of the United Nations. Every year a different country is the host country.

This year, it is hosted by Saudi Arabia with a theme focused on combating land degradation, desertification and drought.

The goals of numerous initiatives of this country that will be promoted today are to transform 30 percent of the country into nature reserves, plant 10 billion trees and restore 40 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. These efforts are critical for a region where 75 percent of arable land is already degraded and 60 percent of the population faces water scarcity—a situation expected to worsen by 2050.

In numerous initiatives, the need to develop comprehensive strategies for managing water resources is emphasized.

The State of Serbia is trying to protect the country’s water resources by implementing the “Clean Serbia” project. The project was conceived on the basis of the stated need for increased environmental protection of both water and land, and the construction of a wastewater treatment plant and sewerage networks through the project, the level of environmental protection is raised to a significantly higher level.

In Obrenovac, work has begun on two more local communities

As part of the project “Clean Serbia” on the territory of the municipality of Obrenovac, works on the installation of a sewage network in the local communities of Ratari and Brgulica have begun.

On the territory of these local communities, about 14 kilometers of sewage network will be built, and work is also being done on the waste water treatment plant, said Branko Matić, director of the PUC “Vodovod”.

14 kilometers of new sewage network will be built in the area of ​​the local communities of Ratari and Brgulica, as well as a wastewater treatment plant. These jobs should be completed in 12 months, and the value of the investment is over 263 million dinars. We owe our gratitude for this project to the President of the State, the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the City of Belgrade and the City Municipality of Obrenovac, because they participated in the realization of the idea to ensure the same conditions for life in the city and in the countryside and thus retain as many people as possible in rural local communities. – said the director of the Public Utility Company “Water and Sewerage”, said Matić.

The construction of a new sewage system on the territory of the municipality of Obrenovac, along with wastewater treatment facilities, will significantly improve the quality of life in this municipality, as well as the quality of the Kolubara River and its tributaries.

As part of the “Clean Serbia” project, the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, the Chinese company CRBC and PUC Water and Sewerage will build two wastewater treatment plants, one larger facility for 50,000 people and one smaller one in Ratara Municipality for 2,000 people and a completely new sewage infrastructure in the length of over 90 km of the network for the settlements of Zvečka, Barič, Mislođin, Ratari, Brgulice, Krtinska and Urovci.

Treatment plants are necessary for entry into the EU

Negotiating Group 27 received the Chapter 27 Screening Report and an invitation to submit a negotiating position without initial benchmarks.

In the next 25 years, around 350 wastewater treatment plants need to be built in Serbia. Currently, there are 55 wastewater treatment plants in Serbia, of which only a few comply with EU standards.

Negotiating group 27 for the environment and climate change is made up of experts from various fields whose aim is to help the negotiation process of Serbia’s entry into the EU.

The rules of negotiation are divided into 35 areas. One of the negotiating chapters is chapter 27, which refers to the environment and climate change. It is one of the most complex, expensive and demanding negotiation chapters, considering that it permeates all other chapters as well.

Currently, the largest project in Serbia that envisages the construction of wastewater treatment plants is the “Clean Serbia” project, the implementation of which foresees the construction of 165 plants.

A third of the total investments in Serbia were made by the PR of China

In 2023 alone, China invested 1.37 billion euros in Serbia, which is almost a third of the total foreign investments that entered the domestic market last year, Biznis.rs magazine reports.

In the latest bulletin of Macroeconomic Analysis and Trends (MAT), it is stated that in 2023, the economy of Serbia had a year-on-year real growth in gross value added (GVA) of 2.9 percent and that this a result mainly due to the activities of Chinese companies. In the MAT analysis, it is also written that the results from the first quarter of 2024 even more convincingly confirm the contribution of Chinese companies to the growth of the economy, with the fact that now their supremacy is complete.

Among the numerous projects that Serbia is implementing with the support of China is the “Clean Serbia” project, which envisages the construction of sewage networks and wastewater treatment plants.

During his visit to Belgrade, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized several practical steps that will support Serbia, including organizational assistance for the world exhibition Expo 2027, then the import of more quality Serbian products, as well as cooperation in the scientific and research field, which includes the stay of 50 young scientists from Serbia in China. About 300 young people from Serbia will have the opportunity to study in China, and one of the steps will be the further opening of direct flights from Serbia to Chinese cities.

The largest part of the conversation between the two presidents was devoted to the Free Trade Agreement, which was ratified by the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, and the Chinese side is waiting to do the same. The agreement document is written on 850 pages, where a large number of products that will be covered by this type of cooperation are included. In the foreground are food and agricultural products.

Valjevo: Two new plants are necessary for the city

The city of Valjevo currently has only one wastewater treatment plant. As part of the “Clean Serbia” project, Valjevo is expected to receive two more plants.

The director of „Vodovod“ Valjevo, Ivan Filipović, stated that Valjevo intends to reconstruct its existing plant, which has been operating at full capacity since 2003.

“The facility itself receives fecal sewage from the population, as well as rain sewage and industrial waste water.” The plant processes 400 l/s of dirty water. When we talk about the planned reconstruction she refers to hydro-mechanical equipment, the building itself and the extension of another building. Our goal is also to expand the capacity of biological water processing. The city is expanding, the sewage network is getting bigger, and we need our processing capacities to be bigger,” said Ivan Filipović, director of the „Vodovod“ Valjevo.

Filipović reminds that through the “Clean Serbia” project, it is planned that the city will get two more plants.

“Wastewater processing plants, in addition to the construction of the sewage network, are the only way to preserve the environment and the biodiversity of our rivers.  We plan to expand and reconstruct the existing facility in parallel with the announced activities of the state. The key moment in the whole story regarding wastewater is the relationship between citizens and business entities, their responsible behavior. Responsible behavior of all of us in order to preserve our environment”, said Ivan Filipović.

One person produces an average of 150 liters of wastewater per day

Did you know that one person uses an average of 150 liters of water during the day?

All these quantities end up as waste water. In various surveys, citizens conclude that wastewater treatment plants are key.

One person only produces about 150 liters of waste water per day. Although at first glance it may sound like too much, it is actually everyday activities: washing hands, washing, showering, using the toilet, washing clothes, dishes, watering the garden.

The greater the number of inhabitants, the greater the amount of waste water. Unfortunately, the largest amounts end up in rivers and lakes. Some estimates say that the percentage of waste water treatment varies from about 20 to 40 percent, which practically means that most of the dirty water greatly destroys or negatively affects the quality of water in rivers, but also on the flora and fauna on their shores.

Several daily newspapers in recent years have conducted surveys on how citizens see the solution to this problem? For example, the largest number of citizens in the survey of the newspaper Telegraf, as much as 90%, stated that before releasing waste water it is necessary to purify it, which shows that they are aware of both the potential and the harm if they are released as such.

At the moment, the largest project implemented by the state of Serbia in terms of wastewater is “Clean Serbia”. With the support of the Government of the Republic of China, the implementation of the project involves not only the construction of sewage networks, but also the protection of rivers and therefore the environment, by building a wastewater treatment plant.

The project envisages the construction of 165 plants, which will process the water that thousands of households and industries consume during the day.