Subotica, 22nd March – New Waste Water Treatment Plant has been opened. Project worth 18 M Euros is funded by EBRD, European delegation in Serbia and City of Subotica.

Serbian Minister of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning Mr. Oliver Dulić, has officially opened today a new wastewater treatment plant in Subotica, for the construction of which more than EUR 18 million has been allocated. Half of the funds were provided from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development loan, five million Euros granted by the European Union through the Delegation of the EU, and the City of Subotica secured another three million from its own funds. The governments of Italy and the Netherlands, and PC Vode Vojvodine supported this capital project with smaller amount of funds.

Minister Dulić thanked the European Union and the Europeans for help without which, he said, Serbia could not implement a number of important capital projects. “Serbia is now on a good track to solve all major environmental issues in accordance with European standards, but we do not have enough resources to shape our lives by the standards of the civilized world. We also do not have sufficient internal resources to make the steps that are necessary for our people to live better in the area of environment, but also the entire economy”, said Dulić.

In the opinion of the Prime Minister of Vojvodina, Mr. Bojan Pajtić, construction of the wastewater treatment plant in Subotica is an example of European integration in practice. “This particular example shows the importance of cooperation with the EU, how important European integrations are and how the EU can be our reliable partner in the implementation of projects that are of interest to all citizens of Serbia”, said Pajtić. He added that the new wastewater treatment plant is of great importance for tourism development in Palić, because it will create new opportunities and new investment in the area around the lake. EU Ambassador to Serbia Mr. Vincent Degert reminded those present that currently, in cooperation with the competent ministry, they are constructing similar plants in Leskovac, Šabac and Vrbas, and that this cooperation includes other areas. “So far we have invested about 400 million Euros for various projects in Serbia, and our main goal is to improve the quality of life of citizens in this country. We have a big job ahead of us, but I’m sure that together we will ultimately be successful”, said the Ambassador.

As stated by the Director of Waterworks and Sewage in Subotica, Ms. Snezana Pejčić, in 2004 the local parliament decided to reconstruct and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant based on the prepared design, in order to create a unique technological system that will allow mechanical, biological, and chemical water treatment. “In that way, the outlet water quality meets very strict criteria of both domestic legislation, and directives of the European Council for sensitive water recipients, in this case Lake Palić”, she said. Rehabilitation and upgrading of the wastewater treatment plant in Subotica was entrusted to the Dutch company DHV Water, which in 2006 offered the best bid for the job. “The works began a year later, first by construction of the water line, followed by construction of the sludge line, which is particularly interesting because by-products generated in the treatment process are used in gas generators to produce electricity which makes up 40 percent of the energy needed for operation of the plant” said Pejčić. After a technical inspection conducted in 2011, the plant received an operation permit last month. Today the PUC Waterworks and Sewage has held official Academy in the Town Hall of Subotica to mark the company’s 50th anniversary and 130 years of organized water supply in the town. Symbolically, these jubilees are celebrated today, March 22, which is World Water Day.

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