ZAGREB, Nov 5 (Croatia Sun News) – The European Commission has approved two cohesion projects, together worth €156.6 million from the Cohesion Fund, to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in Croatia, the Commission stated in a press release on Monday.
€105.6 million is invested in the Kastela-Trogir area of Split-Dalmatia County, southern Croatia, and €51 million in the Zapresic area, just west of Zagreb. Both projects should be operational in 2023.
Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said: “These EU-funded projects in Croatia show that Cohesion Policy can do so much: improve everyday life by giving people access to quality drinking water, protect the sea and the environment and boost tourism and the local economy.”
In Kastela-Trogir, the upgrade will increase the water supply connection rate, allowing almost the entire population of the project’s area (63,000) to be connected to the network. It will also increase the connections to the wastewater system, from 45% to 97% of the population.
In addition, this project aims to tackle sea water pollution. This will improve the quality of bathing water in this area where tourism accounts for 3,500 jobs. 350 km of water supply and waste water network will be built or refurbished, in addition to the extension of the Divulje wastewater treatment plant and the construction of a similar plant on the island of Ciovo.
In Zaprešić, almost 7,000 inhabitants will get access to better drinking water service as the result of EU-funded works on the network, which will see reduced water losses. More than 19,000 people in the area will now be connected to the wastewater network, thanks to 135 km of additional pipeline.
Cohesion investments in Croatia over the period 2014-2020 will allow 2 million people to have access to better water supply and wastewater treatment, the Commission said.