The main objective of this contract was to achieve a wastewater quality level that complies with the EU Directives related to wastewater collection and treatment.

Prilep1With the organisation of a final event and a press conference last 21st January 2011, the project ‘Technical Assistance for the Preparation of the Investment Project for Wastewater Collection and Treatment in Prilep’ was officially closed. The event was attended by H.E. the Ambassador of the European Union to the fYRoM, Mr. Erwan Fouere, H.E. the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the fYRoM, Mr. Fernando de Galainena, the Director of the Administration for Environment at the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Mr. Filip Ivanov, the Mayor of Prilep, Mr. Marjan Risteski, and the Head of EPTISA’s Regional Office for SEE, Mr. Alvaro Diez.

For the last 14 months, a team of local and international engineers from a consortium led by EPTISA have been working in the preparation of the design and tender documents for the rehabilitation and extension of the sewerage network and for the construction of the new Wastewater Treatment Plan with a capacity of 95,000 P.E.. These investments will lead to a significant improvement of the water quality in the Prilepska River and in the general public health standards of the project area.

The project, financed by the IPA programme from the European Union with 800,000 Euro, is of great importance for the city of Prilep, since its 76,000 inhabitants will get a new wastewater collection and treatment facility that will reduce the health hazards and will minimize the risk of contamination of the drinking water sources. The new facilities will also improve the overall environmental situation and will eventually contribute to the economic growth not only in the town of Prilep, but also in the greater surrounding region.

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