Croatia Boasts Most Fresh Water Reserves in EU Yet Suffers Biggest Losses

Lauren Simmonds

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Croatia boasts many positive attritubes, and while a steady economy and trustworthy politicians might be lacking, natural resources are aplenty. Croatia’s geographical position gives it a very usual array of climates, landscapes, weather systems and natural resources, and fresh water, along with solar power, is one of the country’s most plentiful resources and can be found up and down the country in abundance. Despite that, Croatia is of course struggling to get any real use out of it.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 20th of January, 2019, the Republic of Croatia boasts the largest supply of fresh water in the whole of the territory of the European Union. You’d think that would be an advantage worth making proper use of, but this is Croatia and you’d unfortunately be wrong, as when it comes to domestic water supply systems there are some enormous losses, and in some, up to 80 percent of that water is lost through leakage.

The reasons for this hardly forgivable lack of foresight when it comes to what arguably makes a country incredibly rich – its water, are that most of the country’s pipes are more than fifty years old. People who are naturally becoming rather bored of excuses often accuse the country’s city waterways of using their frequent price hikes simply to tune their budget more.

The solution to this embarrassingly bad situation with the country’s water supply network is seen by many in withdrawing money from the available European Union funds. Croatia has around 200 utility companies, and in order to increase the efficiency of the system, the solution is seen in their eventual unification, meaning that the market should consist of forty water pipelines.

People of course pay for their water, but less losses owing to more efficient waterways would result in significantly lower costs because the aforementioned outdated water supply network is a problem throughout the country, HRT reports.

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