Split-Dalmatia County Signs Large Infrastructure Projects, Including Water Purification for Jadro

Daniela Rogulj

In Split-Dalmatia County, two agreements and three contracts for the realization of significant infrastructure projects were signed on Friday, including a water purification system at the source of the Jadro river, reports T.portal on March 29, 2019. 

These are important agreements signed by the General Director of Croatian Water Zoran Đureković, Split-Dalmatia County Prefect Blaženko Boban and Director of the Split Water Supply and Drainage Ltd., Tomislav Šut, as well as representatives of the four water supply companies in Split-Dalmatia County. It is a project that involves analyzing several solutions for water supply to the Split area from alternative routes. The project value is 850,000 kuna.

The other signed agreement, worth 10 million kuna, is for the co-financing, study, and tender documentation to upgrade the regional water supply system Omis-Brač-Hvar-Šolta-Vis, which is required to apply for EU funds.

In addition to these two agreements, three contracts were signed, the first worth 823,000 kuna, which provides for the co-financing of the tender documentation for the design and construction of Stupe wastewater treatment, expert supervision services, and drafting the preliminary and main project of the secondary sewage and water supply network of Korešnica and Žrnovnica. Also, the study and technical documentation, and the documentation for the public procurement of drinking water conditioning equipment will be produced.

A contract worth more than 18 million kuna was provided for the water-communal infrastructure of the Split-Solin agglomeration, with the agglomeration of Podstrana and Kaštela-Trogir for co-financing from EU funds. The third contract, which is the study and project documentation for the water supply system Omiš-Brač-Hvar-Šolta-Vis, is financed with 59,000 kuna. 

Prefect Blaženko Boban agreed that an alternative is needed given that about half a million people drink water from the Jadro. He said that all public and transport infrastructure should be available and that the Constitution guarantees water supply to citizens.

General Director of Croatian Water, Zoran Đuroković, pointed out that these are strategic projects that provide security for water supply and sewage disposal. He added that 5 billion kuna was secured for works in the largest Dalmatian county and “to expect the announcement of public tenders” for Split, Solin, Kaštela, and Trogir, and for Sinj, Imotski, Trilj and Hvar, whose value will be around 4 billion kuna.

“The City of Split and its surroundings, with more than 400,000 consumers, requires an alternative water pipeline, that is the Cetina river, and the potential of the Ruda. We will analyze the variant solutions, and when we have the optimal solution, we will apply for European Funds,” says Đureković.

When this is realized, we do not know, though Đureković adds that since just Split, Solin, Kaštela, and Trogir must build 550 km of sewage and water supply networks, two water purification systems, with about 100 building permits, the issue won’t be resolved overnight. 

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