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

6. January 2024.



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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.