The “Clean Serbia” project is also a solution for the Danube and Sava

RTS reports that Austria and Hungary take care of the water quality in the Danube, but also the words of Sandra Dokić, State Secretary in the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Serbia, who stated that with the “Clean Serbia” project, Belgrade is also planning to build new facilities so that wastewater no longer goes to Danube and Sava.

European countries invest significantly more funds in the processing of wastewater, and with the treatment and protection itself, experts admit, they started much earlier than Serbia.

As reported by RTS, good examples are Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, which treat 100 percent of their municipal wastewater. In addition to protecting the environment, often by processing waste water, they also provide part of the city’s energy for electricity and heating.

When it comes to the Danube River, Austria and Hungary are making sure that good quality water reaches Serbia.

“The quality of surface water in Austria is generally of good quality. Somewhere around 40 percent of surface waters are of very good and good quality, 30 percent are of moderate quality, 10 percent are unsatisfactory, and only four percent are of poor quality. And the Danube in Austria is of good quality, we have a lot of bathers here during the summer,” Dr. Bogdanka Radetić from the Austrian Environmental Protection Agency told RTS.

In Hungary, 53 percent of waste water is treated in accordance with the legislation of the European Union. “The purified water discharged into the Danube is analyzed regularly,” Laszlo Debreceni, director of the Budapest waterworks “Vizmuvek”, confirmed for RTS.

In the process of accession to the European Union, Serbia needs to fulfill the requirements from Chapter 27 that relate to the environment, and there are also standards that relate to the treatment of municipal waste water.

“In the coming period, what we need to do is to have 359 operational, functional waste water processing facilities and constructed or reconstructed sewage network. I can say that at the moment we have four billion for this area, and three billion from the Chinese loan. This is for the “Clean Serbia” program, which, in addition to the plants and sewers, should also build certain regional centers for waste management,” she said.

Sandra Dokić, who as an example of Belgrade’s intention to maintain the quality of water in the Danube at a satisfactory level, cited the preparation of project and technical documentation for the plant in Veliko Selo.

Sewer network for more than 3000 households in Kisač and Čenej

Works at the Kisač and Čenej locations in Novi Sad are progressing according to the expected dynamics. The construction site in Čenej is practically completed.

The implementation of the project in the settlement of Čenej will enable connection to the sewage network for 715 households. On this construction site, 14,487.54 meters have already been built and the gravity sewer network is almost completely completed. As stated in the “Clean Serbia” regional center in Novi Sad, it remains for the investor answers to the inquiry sent to him at the beginning of the year regarding the implementation of the secondary network.

In Čenej, work is currently being carried out on the pumping stations, which started after the electrical installations were moved, which made it impossible to carry out the work safely.

Of the contracted 66,800.00 m of sewage network in the municipality of Novi Sad, 12,077.98 m was constructed in Kisač. After obtaining the approval for asphalting by the road supervision, almost all the sections on which the works were separated were returned to their original condition, according to the conditions stipulated in the contract. Preparatory works at the pumping stations have been completed, and after receiving approval from the supervisory authority, their execution will begin.

The “Clean Serbia” project envisages the construction of 2 pumping stations, and as many as 2,371 individual households will be connected to the sewage system. The works carried out in Kisač and Čenej are worth 2 billion dinars.