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€26m contracts inked for improved water utility infrastructure in Dubrovnik County

Opuzen (Photo: LBM1948/CC)

ZAGREB, May 29 (Hina) – Nine contracts, worth HRK 197.5 million, for developing the water utility infrastructure in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County were signed in the southern town of Opuzen on Friday.

Attending the contract-signing-ceremony, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy, Tomislav Coric, stated that the projects in question would improve the quality of life for the inhabitants of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

“We will not stop there. We want all citizens to have access to the public system. I am pleased that even in the times of the corona crisis, the construction sector will have enough work,” Minister Coric emphasised.

The managing director of the Croatian Water Management company, Zoran Djurokovic, said that at this moment, ongoing projects in the southern-most area of Croatia were worth around HRK 1 billion.

The new projects envisage building 21.9 kilometres of pipelines in total into the water supply system, as well as seven kilometres of the main delivery piping, and a hydro-station and a pumping station with the flow of 12.5 litres per second.

As for the drainage system, 12.2 kilometres of the sewer system will be built, as well as 10.1 kilometre of gravitational and pressure pipelines and collectors, 13 pumping stations, one wastewater treatment plant (UPOV) with the capacity of 1,400 equivalent per inhabitant, and one biological wastewater treatment plant with the capacity of 1,000 equivalent per inhabitant.

The projects will increase the security of water supply in the period of droughts and boost the economic activities, especially in the tourism sector.

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