Works on 707 Million Kuna EU Project Begin in Zagreb

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 31st of July, 2019, the Minister for Regional Development and EU Funds, Marko Pavić, opened the works in Ivanić-Grad, which begin within the scope of an EU project worth more than 707 million kuna, entitled “Regional Water Supply System of Zagreb County – Zagreb East”.

This is a project that addresses the problems of the water supply in the functional area of the eastern part of Zagreb County.

“The municipalities and the county are working together on a project that will provide access to water for the citizens of this area, more specifically for 30,000 users, and increase the network connection from 60 to 90 percent. It will also contribute to a significant reduction in the loss of drinking water,” Pavić noted.

As explained by Tomislav Masten, this project, along with the construction of the new Kosnica water pumping station, fifteen new pumping stations, five new water towers, 316,222 metres of new networks and the reconstruction of one pumping station, includes the reconstruction of 108,152 metres of the same network and the construction of 8,934 brand new household connections.

“The average losses in the complete system will be reduced from 29.2 percent to 18.6 percent. Its realisation will form a unique system, with the interconnection of all existing subsystems into the Regional Water Supply System of Zagreb County – Zagreb East,” explained Masten.

Ivanić-Grad’s mayor, Javor Bojan Leš, commented on the part of the project related directly to the Ivanić-Grad area:

“The most significant thing for us is the replacement of the existing 47 kilometres of pipes which don’t work properly, but we were able to connect to the water supply system of the City of Zagreb and the Kosnica water pumping station, since the sources in the area of ​​our city were exhausted. By changing this network and putting the Kosnica water pump into service, Ivanić-Grad will completely solve its water supply problem,” the mayor said.

As part of this major project, works on the construction and reconstruction of water supply pipelines and associated facilities in Dugo Selo’s water supply area, which include the reconstruction of 47.9 kilometres of the network, the construction of 1.5 kilometres of the network and two pumping stations “Kozinščak” and” Domobranska” should begin by the end of August, and their value stands at an enormous 78,914,357.95 kuna, excluding VAT.

The total investment value of the entire project is 707,108,262.00 kuna excluding VAT, of which the amount of 483,953,845 kuna has been financed by the Cohesion Fund, while VIOZŽ will participate in the amount of 44,630,883 kuna.

89,261,767 kuna will be allocated from the budget of the Republic of Croatia, and Croatian Water will also participate in the project, in the amount of 89,261,767 kuna.

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