How Raska established a modern system for wastewater treatment – Society

“Without water there is no life. It is a precious good, indispensable in every human activity “, says the European Charter on Water.

Serbia needs more than 350 wastewater treatment plants with the construction of about ten thousand kilometers of the necessary sewage network. Municipalities are rare which collect and treat their wastewater.

While the capital is just beginning to address this issue, municipality of Raska has established a modern purification system with the help of the EU wastewater and reconstructed the water supply system.

Danijela Dudić, plant technologist, explained the method of collecting and treating wastewater in the municipality of Raška.

“The new wastewater treatment plant is located in the settlement of Rvati on the banks of the river Ibar. Most of the municipal wastewater from the town of Raska and the surrounding settlements is brought, collected and processed here. The plant is designed for 16,500 equivalent residents and currently operates with about two-thirds of the total capacity. All the wastewater that is collected here is treated and poured into the river Ibar. The quality of the treated water is in accordance with the regulation on wastewater “, states Dudić and adds:” From the seventh of July last year to the seventh of July this year, the period of trial work lasted. At that time, the staff from the public utility company underwent training and acquired the necessary knowledge for independent management of the plant. “

A large part of the existing sewage system in Raska was old, inaccessible for maintenance, subject to frequent blockages, or damaged. Work on establishing a modern comprehensive water management system required good cooperation between institutions at the local and central level.

To the satisfaction of the citizens, already at the very beginning of the plant’s operation, a positive impact on the environment can be seen. Instead of polluted water that flowed directly into rivers, treated water is now discharged in a controlled manner.

The arrival of some species is seen bird which were not present in previous years, and there is an otter that is adapted to live in unpolluted freshwater. Anglers fish unhindered near the purifier outlet.

Positive changes will be felt downstream from Raska along the Ibar River, and along the West Morava basin.

Boban Vujović, the manager of the plant, says that the optimal number of people is employed at the plant and that the structure of employees corresponds to the needs of a complex system for wastewater treatment.

“Mostly they are workers in the mechanical and electrical profession, who should maintain this plant, deal with the repair and replacement of parts. We have 13 employees at the plant, of which six are operators 24 hours a day “SCADA” system follow the whole process. In the event that a disorder occurs, immediate action is taken to correct the disorder. We have three laboratory workers, there are chemical technicians, the chief technologist who leads the technological process and me as the manager of this plant. “

In addition to the construction of a modern wastewater treatment plant, through a project for which the EU allocated over 5.3 million euros in grants, the main sewer was built, the sewerage network to the surrounding settlements was extended, the existing sewerage network was rehabilitated and part of the existing supply system was reconstructed. raw water.

Although significant progress in Serbia requires large investments measured in billions of euros, as well as the continuation of work on harmonization of legislation with EU standards, awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment is slowly rising and a positive trend is being noticed.

So it was last year according to the data of the Republic Bureau of Statistics 16.5 percent more wastewater was treated than in 2019, and the public sewerage network is almost 2 percent longer, while there are 4.2 percent more new connections to the sewerage network.

Within the European Green Agreement, which aims to make Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050, a plan of measures in the field of climate, circular economy, construction, mobility, sustainable food chains, biodiversity and pollution removal has been developed.

Serbia’s engagement, when it comes to achieving these goals, is of crucial importance for the process of European integration and will contribute to a more efficient use of resources.

The transition to a clean, circular economy and measures to stop climate change, while simultaneously recovering biodiversity and reducing pollution, will support the economy and create new jobs.

The European Union is a world leader in environmental protection. The EU supports Serbia on its path to a healthier environment. By donating over 400 million euros in grants to the environment, the EU is the largest donor in this area in Serbia.

With EU financial support, Serbia is working to develop and implement environmental plans at a strategic level – a sustainable environmental system that creates a healthier environment and raises the quality of life.

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