Several Archaeological Sites Discovered During Wastewater Project on Krk Island

Daniela Rogulj

November 19, 2019 – Work is underway on a project for the collection, drainage and treatment of wastewater on Krk island, co-financed by the European Cohesion Fund. In the process, several archaeological sites have been discovered. 

Novi List reports that the Ponikve Voda Utility Company said on Tuesday that four contracts are now being implemented, the first of which relates to the reconstruction of the water supply system and the construction and rehabilitation of the drainage system with DTK infrastructure, worth HRK 266.9 million.

The works include the construction of gravity (79,464 meters) and pressure (6904 meters) sewage pipelines, 26 sewer pumping stations, reconstructing 39,854 meters of the water supply network, rehabilitating 10,218 meters of the sewage collection and 1192 maintenance holes, and 63,464 meters of an electronic communications network.

Project monitoring services cost HRK 7.1 million, project management technical support services HRK 6.7 million, and project implementation information and visibility services HRK 285.925.

The works are being carried out in the area of eight island settlements – in Omišalj, Njivice, Malinska, Krk, Kornić, Punt, Baška and Dobrinj, and a total of 46 teams are working on the ground.

They have so far completed 69.5 percent of the sewage works, 68.6 percent of works on the water supply system, 45.3 percent of works on DTK infrastructure, and 57 percent of works on home connections.

However, most exciting is that during the works in the cores of Omišalj and Krk, archaeological sites have been discovered.

So far, coins from the 2nd century (Krk), remains of private Roman thermal spas from the 1st century (Krk), remains of Roman objects and street communications (Krk), remains of a medieval cemetery (Krk), a burial site beside the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from prehistoric times to the early modern age (Omišalj) and parts of the sewage and water supply systems of late antiquity (Krk) have been found.

The total value of the project on Krk island is HRK 648.3 million, and HRK 369.1 million has been provided from the Cohesion Fund. The project is a multi-year project that involves the construction of wastewater treatment plants and extending and upgrading a public sewage system for six agglomerations on the island of Krk – Omišalj, Malinska-Njivice, Krk, Punat, Baška and Klimno-Silo.

The project will provide a 100% secondary wastewater collection and treatment service, and the reduction of direct discharges into the sea will contribute to ensuring good seawater quality for swimming and tourism.

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